For some heading to the gym is a chore they’d rather avoid. For most it the fear of body-shaming, fear and anxiety that keeps them from stepping foot inside one.
A recent study conducted by FitRated found that 64.9% of women and 36.1% men avoid the gym due to anxiety and fear of judgement.
This is a common phenomenon that is sweeping across countries around the world despite the inflated New Year resolutions we make every year.
From the pushy salesperson to slew of people swarming inside to the endless rows of bewildering machines stacked one after the other, a gym can be quite an intimidating experience for newcomers who’ve never stepped foot inside one.
What’s really scaring them away, however?
The survey conducted by fitrated.com cumulatively suggests that body-shaming is what is the key cause of inducing fear and anxiety into potential gym goers.
Our current social media culture encourages the superficiality of having a six-pack and ‘zero-sized’ waistlines has been a major detractor for potential gym goers. It comes as no surprise then that people who feel less attractive tend to keep a distance from the gym and gym-goers as well.
The respondents of the study were twice as likely to feel judged at the gym than to pass judgments themselves, stated the study.
The words “people”, “look” and “fat” were the some of most common words used in the people’s reasoning of not going to the gym.
1 in 3 responders, however, admitted to judging others while at the gym. Experts suggest that people who feel somewhat or moderately attractive were more likely to judgmental of others, possibly due to the false sense of superiority they hold.
Apart of not worrying too much about what people think about you and going to the gym to benefit yourself, you also need to be aware and be weary how we treat others and hold back our judgements. What we say and how we behave inside a gym can really come off as hostile to others.
News credit : Indiatimes