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"Gymtimidation" Keeps Women Out of the Gym

Has gymtimidation impacted you?

September 9, 2019

People can come up with a million and one excuses not to go to the gym and exercise. I know because I am often someone who makes excuses. 

Usually when I dip out of working out, I will use the common excuses of being too tired or too busy. But in truth, I am skipping going to the gym because I have a fear of being judged by others. I'm not alone according to a new study

One in four women suffer from “gymtimidation”- shying away from exercise for fear of being judged, a study has found.

Almost half of women have at some point felt negatively judged when working out - with this number highest for those aged 18-24, with a huge 70 per cent feeling this way.

Thirty-seven per cent feel others believe they aren't “good enough” to exercise and 28 per cent fear people think they are not “attractive” when working out.

A third worry others will think they don’t know what they are doing, resulting in many ditching the gym altogether.

The study of 2,000 women, commissioned by Sure Women, also revealed a shocking lack of movement which could have serious health implications.

The results revealed that the average woman is physically active for just four hours a day, equating to three quarters of the waking day spent inactive. More than one in five (21 per cent) confessed to participating in physical exercise less than once a week, if at all, preferring to spend time watching TV (55 per cent), browsing the internet (42 per cent) or doing nothing at home (36 per cent).

Top 10 reasons given for avoiding a workout:

1. Not having enough money for the gym/classes (27%)
2. Feeling too intimidated by the gym (25%)
3. Worrying about looking unfit in front of other people (21%)
4. Worrying about what other people think of me (19%)
5. Not knowing how to use machinery or exercise efficiently (16%)
6. Worrying about getting too red and sweaty (15%)
7. Fear of not being good enough (14%)
8. Feeling that I need to be better before I work out in public (14%)
9. Feeling intimidated by the gym because of male trainers (14%)
10. Not liking how I look in workout clothing (12%)

How many of those things are keeping you from going to the gym? Thankfully, if you have "gymtimidation" there are plenty of great Ondemand workouts you can do in the privacy of your own home.