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How come even though I'm only slightly overweight, I always wake up every morning dreading gym class?

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Last Updated: 07/28/2020 at 2:44am
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March 11th, 2015 3:09am
Because you are your own worst enemy. No one else will ever judge you harder than you judge yourself
March 16th, 2015 6:44pm
Just a few minutes before bed, think about waking up to your alarm and feeling energized. Then, imagine getting ready and having a great workout. If you can do that regularly, it’ll only help you see yourself as someone who likes working out in the morning. And then you can make it a reality!
April 21st, 2015 7:54am
Do you mean because the physical exertion is exhausting? It has nothing to do with your weight, it has everything to do with how use to your body is to moving around and being active. It's going to be a drag to anyone who's not active.
April 28th, 2015 11:16pm
I go through the same thing every day that I have gym class! It might be feeling self conscious (even if you don't feel like so) about how you will look doing the activities, or what people will think. It could also be anxiety of having to be around so many people.
June 16th, 2015 3:32am
Diet and exercise gi hand in hand. You may not be very overweight however, if your eating habits are unhealthy you your energy levels will be poor. The better you eat the the easier your workout will be.
September 10th, 2015 9:00pm
If you are having a negative self-body image perhaps you can seek advice from a trusted person, family or friend. You can always speak with a healthcare provider on how to incorporate good, healthy food choices and activities into your life to help keep you fit and active and perhaps keeping you more confident.
September 15th, 2015 8:42pm
Perhaps there is some subconscious pressure, external or elsewhere, to perform the way others are, or the way you "should be." Try to examine where that underlying pressure or voice is coming from, and ask yourself whether or not it's realistic. Gym class is hard regardless of physicality. It's a stomping ground for competition on every level; all the more reason to emphasize begin kind to yourself.
March 7th, 2016 6:25am
Gym class might not be fun enough. There is no point in the gym class if you aren't enjoying it. Try out physical activities that you like, so that working out won't be like a chore.
July 11th, 2016 5:43pm
You probably dislike it that is something we have in common but it healthy to exercise so even though you dislike its important to try.
October 23rd, 2018 9:47pm
I felt the same way. I suppose for me, I felt that going to the gym was an obligation to be healthy and not a way for me to take care of my body. Also, media's portrayal of people going to the gym discouraged me since I felt that I didn't fit the "gym look". In order to combat this, I shifted my mentality regarding my appearance. I stopped labeling myself as "slightly overweight" and started seeing myself as a human body that needs nourishment and exercise in order to carry out my daily activities. Once I shifted my mentality, I stopped dreading going to the gym.
November 12th, 2019 6:59pm
its not about being overweight, its about wanting to do it. if you are motivated enough then you would want to go to gym class. if you put you self in the right mindset then you would want to go. your life is what you make it and if you decide to not like gym class then you will continue to dread it. if you decide that you like gym class then you would look forward to it. you will feel different every day, that's just being human, but what you like and dislike is all up to you.
May 19th, 2020 3:11pm
Well, weight is a sensitive topic for most, and feelings about your body differ between person to person. I would really recommend thinking to yourself "What can i do to help these feelings". From my personal experience, I can assure you that being a little bit overweight is actually good for you, even though a lot of doctors want your weight spot on the numbers. Remember, your weight does not make you who you are! You are yourself and it is what is on the inside that matters, not what is on the outside. I hope this helps you a little bit!
July 28th, 2020 2:44am
It's possible that you're just not a fan of being told how you should exercise. For me, in school, I was always annoyed by gym class despite being only slightly overweight as well because I didn't enjoy the activities we were forced to do. I don't mind exercising at all. Actually, I love swimming, tennis, volleyball, and plenty of other forms of exercise. I just wasn't a fan of being forced to play dodgeball with classmates at 7am, or sprinting around a dirty, dusty gymnasium with no music or motivation. If that's the case, you could explore different sports that you might enjoy. Many schools offer an "option 2" in which you can skip out on gym class (opting for study hall instead) because you avidly participate in a sport. That way, you're still exercising (which has many mental and physical health benefits!), but not in a way that makes you dread the day first thing in the morning!