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Blog Post: Get the confidence to start your fitness journey!

Are you wanting to improve your fitness but are worried about where to start, or has it been some years since you went to the gym? We can help!

If you've been on the sidelines, nervous about exercising or have taken a break from your fitness routine, we want you to know that you're not alone. At South Ribble Leisure Centres, everyone is welcome, no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

In this article, we'll address the apprehensions many feel about exercise and share tips to boost your confidence. It's time to take that first step toward a healthier you!


Reasons you maybe feeling apprehensive:

1. Fear of the Unknown: Starting something new can be intimidating, and the gym or a fitness class might feel like unfamiliar territory. Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and it's perfectly okay to be a beginner. Our leisure centres have a whole range of people using the fitness facilities of all different fitness levels.

2. Self-Doubt: Negative self-talk can hold you back. You may worry about your abilities, your appearance, or your stamina. Keep in mind that exercise is about self-improvement, and every effort counts.

3. Returning After a Break: If you've lapsed from exercise, it's natural to feel anxious about getting back into it. But remember, your fitness journey is a personal one, and you can restart at your own pace.


Tips for gaining confidence:

1. Begin Gradually: Start with manageable goals that align with your current fitness level. A short walk, a relaxed swim, or a beginner's class can be your stepping stones. As you progress, challenge yourself to do a bit more.

2. Find a Support System: Exercising with a friend or in a welcoming class can make a world of difference. You'll be part of a supportive community, where everyone is encouraging and understanding.

3. Shift Your Focus: Rather than your fitness goals being to do with appearance or weight, concentrate on how exercise makes you feel. Improved mood, more energy, and better health are all compelling reasons to embrace exercise.

4. Be Kind to Yourself: Don't compare yourself to others. Everyone has their unique journey. Celebrate your achievements, however small they may seem, and show yourself some self-compassion.

5. Seek Assistance: If you're unsure about where to start or have concerns about prior injuries or health issues, consult with a fitness expert. They can help you develop a customized plan tailored to your needs. Remember, our gym staff and fitness instructors are there to help you - feel free to ask for assistance!


We are committed to being a welcoming space where everyone is encouraged to embark on their fitness journey. Don't let nervousness hold you back. The first step might feel intimidating, but it's the most important one. Join us, and you'll find a community that supports and welcomes you as you work toward a healthier, happier you. You're worth it, and we're here to help you every step of the way!


Check our our facilities and book your swim or activity now!

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