Post # 1
I’m 24 and currently on Weight Watchers and I’m struggling!
I’m not eating well enough and I’m not doing ANY exercise.. I would really love to do a Zumba class near me because it is 8 activity points for 45 minutes of exercise which is great but I am far too self-conscious to go to a class alone and I have no one who can go with me.. how can I get over this feeling..? I am only holding myself back by not going but I can’t seem to get over it!
If anyone could give me any advice or suggestions on how to overcome these feelings I would really appreciate it!
Post # 3
Just do it! It’s like jumping in the pool…easier if you just jump right in.
I hate exercising in front of other people, but I’ve gotten over it. No one is watching you.
If you want to just exercise and aren’t sure about Zumba, see if your gym has a personal trainer option. At the Y here I pay about $17 a session for mine, and he makes me do all sorts of things that I would NEVER do alone. Good luck!
Post # 4
Join meetup.com which has all sorts of local groups of folks looking to do activities together. Everything from knitting circles to record swaps (for those of us old enough to appreciate the beauty of vinyl). Good chance there will be a zumba group. Or get some DVD’s and work out alone at home till you get comfortable with the routines and feel more confident joining a gym group.
Post # 5
@Brickette: Funny, I feel more self conscious exercising in front of others (like people I am close with). I don’t really give a shit if some stranger I’ll likely never see again sees me without the perfect form lol. At least I get points for trying!
You should just go. Zumba isn’t rocket science… even uncoordinated people like me could pull it off. The fun part about Zumba is that everyone looks silly.
Post # 6
I can’t bring myself to do Zumba either, i’m just not that comfortable to dance all crazy. Could you get a trainer? It helped me a lot to have someone with me showing me how to do things so I didn’t feel like a loser.
Post # 7
buy the DVD’s do it at home until you get confident
Post # 8
I don’t like to work out in front of people either. I have an elliptical in my basement and I use DVDs at home instead, works for me! Plus I have no excuses not to work out since it doesn’t even involve leaving the house lol.
Post # 9
@canarydiamond: +1 I would rather be by myself than with someone I know. If I see someone I know at the gym, I avoid them like the plague 🙂
@Brickette: Honestly, zumba is probably not the class to start out with if you’re self-conscious. I’m not usually self-conscious at all about working out in front of strangers, but it took me a WHILE to get used to shaking my booty in front of the whole gym.
Is there another group fitness class you could go to?
Post # 10
@Brickette: Just like peachacid said, just do it, no one is watching. I personally have no problem going to classes on my own but I did have a friend that didn’t want to go on her own either. I told her to just go (she goes to a different gym). She went and realized it wasn’t that bad at all. She now goes quite often. 🙂 I can even tell her persoanlity is bubblier now than before.
Zumba is fun. The great part about classes is that you can meet new people at them. the more you go, the more comfortable you get and all of a sudden you have a girl or a group of girls that you become work out friends with.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! I have done Zumba before and really enjoyed it but I went with a woman I worked with.. since changing jobs I don’t have anyone to go with, I have tried a personal trainer at the gym but I find that much worse than the thought of going to Zumba alone.. I’m not really sure why!
I would LOVE to get a DVD and do it at home but we live with my parents at the moment and they are always using their TV and we have no room in our bedroom to move around..
I have looked up classes and there is one near my house on a Sunday at 4.30pm.. I’m thinking I might just suck it up, put on my big girl pants and just do it!
I’ve also set a reminder in my phone every afternoon to go off saying “Do you love your dog..? WALK HIM” because I even put off walking him these days.. that is more because I am lazy though, I don’t mind walking alone it just doesn’t give me enough weight watchers exercise points! GAH!!! why are the simple things always the hardest?
Post # 12
Hi Brickette – I know the problem you mean. I live in a tiny apartment and my downstairs neighbor gets mad and comes to knock on my door if I do a single jumping jack, so………….. I honestly put on some headphones and turn the lights down low, and have a 1 woman dance party in the bathroom. I use the stopwatch on my phone to make sure I hit 20 minutes, and just go for it. Then I will do 100 crunches and that’s my workout right now. It’s not perfect but it’s better than nothing.
i want to do a zumba class too and i have no one to go with either. 🙁
Post # 13
@Brickette: I totally understand how you feel. I was the same way for a while. I ended up going 1-2x to a particular place with a friend 1st- after I didn’t mind as much when I went alone. For whatever reason going 1st with a friend or family member helped me out!
Post # 14
I was the same way! I found a friend to go with, and she went a few times with me but she didn’t like it and quit. By that point I loved the class and I still go. Just get there and find a spot in the back of the class. I promise nobody will be paying attention to you, as most everyone in there will have eyes locked on the instructor. I’ve just started feeling confident enough to work my way up towards the front of the class. Everyone in there is there for the same reason as you!
Post # 15
@Brickette: I totally feel your pain – I’m right there with ya.
The thing is, there are a lot of other people that feel that way – and some of them will probably be in that class with you!
There is no shame in doing something good for your health! Remember that you are there for you, and no one else.
As far as strategies, why don’t you start out in the back of the class, and whenever you feel it you can move up…and then eventually, you will make friends! And go out for coffee (no sugar) with them afterwards, and meet up for other things!
It’s such a great experience, and tbh no one pays attention to anyone else because they are so busy trying not to pass out!
Post # 16
@elletiger: I love your idea of a one woman dance party.. I should totally do this at home!!!
My SO and I recently got new bikes so we have actually started riding together and we have been riding around 20kms (12 miles I think?) each time and I am loving it! We are spending time together and having fun doing it!! So I think when I start to feel a little more fit I will be totally looking to do a class.. ALONE 🙂