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I have been a member of gyms in the past. When I was a teenager I went to the YMCA, and last year I went to a gym where I pretty much only did zumba. I was never very comfortable with using the equipment but I never was as paranoid as I am now. My boyfriend and one of my best friends and I recently joined Planet Fitness. I have been once (2 weeks ago), did 20 minutes on the elliptical, was too afraid to do anything else, and haven't stepped foot back in there since. Last week, my boyfriend and I were going to go at a time when there would hopefully be less people there, but I got to the door and froze. I could not make myself go in and was in tears by the time I got back to the car. Everytime I think about going, I feel intense anxiety, my chest gets tight, and I'm even afraid at the thought of working out on my own at home. I feel like my boyfriend is the only one I can talk to about it because he also suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. I am supposed to go to the gym with my friends in a few days and the thought makes me sick to my stomach. She is very outgoing and doesn't always understand my anxiety. I don't know what to do. I'm seeing my therapist in a few days, but any other advice is appreciated.
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