Five exercise fears to overcome today

Five exercise fears to overcome today

How to get past the most common work out worries, including using Always Discreet if you’re concerned about leaks.

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A lot of us don’t need to get to the gym to break out into a sweat – the thought of joining one is enough. It’s so easy to think it’s too intimidating and everyone else will be fitter, younger, thinner and more flexible.

1. Everyone will be looking at me

Most of this will empathise with feeling self-conscious, especially if we’re not stick-thin and 22. So just remember how self-absorbed most people are! They’re much more likely to be worrying about their workout – or whether everyone’s looking at them!

2. I might hurt myself

This is a pretty legitimate fear – no one likes pain! The best advice here is that, if you’re new to an activity, you should start slowly and build up. It’s also important to recognize the difference between tired muscles and something hurting.

What about avoiding injury, particularly if you want to try a more ‘risky’ activity? While you can never be 100% safe, you’ll hugely reduce the risk of hurting yourself by getting proper instruction.

3. I might leak

Did you know that one in three women suffer from a sensitive bladder – and that exercise can cause leaks?

No need (or excuse!) to keep away from the gym though. You just need protection you can trust. Always Discreet is a range of pantyliners pads and underwear that will make worrying about leaks a thing of the past.

4. I’ll sweat

Whoever came up with the old adage about ladies ‘merely glowing’ has a lot to answer for! Sweating is a perfectly natural process and is how your body cools itself down.

However, if you still feel self-conscious about getting sweaty, why not invest in some workout clothes in performance fabrics that wick away moisture.

5. I might fail

This is a crazy worry when you think about it! We’re quite happy to tell our kids and grandkids that if they don’t try they can’t succeed, yet we’re worried about making fools of ourselves by ‘failing’ at Zumba, Pilates, whatever.

Ask yourself the question: who really cares? And remember that letting go of a fear of failure is very liberating.

What are your tips for ditching exercise fears? Let us know in the comments section below.

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My fears vanished


After reading this I'm hoping to start up in a local exercise group. I am a little bit hefty & wee a little when doing exercise. That's is why I have avoided it up to now.But having tried Always, I now feel ready for group exercise & more confidence. Making new friends would be a lovely bonus

Exercising for the over 50

Pauline 29/04/2017

I exercise nearly every day I only do what I feel I can manage but always push myself as much as I can I do body pump, step and have recently bought a small trampoline. pelvic floor exercises are very important too

Walk instead


I've a total inversion to gyms tried classes but can never be motivated however I find a long brisk walk can be just as healthy. If you go with a friend the added bonus is that you can have a natter as you clip along.

So true

Jennifer 28/04/2017

It's sad but true - I have total gymtimidation!! As soon as I walk through the door I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. Good advice though, I'll try to remember that everyone is far more concerned with their own workout than watching me getting lost round the weights section!

Too true

karen 28/04/2017

I'm always worried of making a fool of myself!! i'm going to try my upmost best to forget the fear of failure.

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