First, it is great that you reached out for advice. That means you are thinking about going to the gym and want to do it–you just need a little help getting to that next step. 🙂 I can certainly understand your anxiety over this, so here are a few steps that can make your transition a little easier:
–You could go at a time when the gym is very slow (check with your local gym, but this could be late morning or early afternoon). Wear what makes you comfortable, and remember, people will be doing their own workout and likely too occupied with themselves to pay much attention to you!
–Go with a plan or just a small goal for that day. Example: “Today I will walk for 15 minutes” and then leave. You will feel great that you accomplished your goal and more likely to go back for more. It WILL get easier each time and you WILL gain confidence.
–Find a friend or family member to go with you. Support is always a great thing and you will encourage each other.
–Find an employee of the gym to help you with a machine or answer any questions you have. This may make you feel more comfortable.
I hope some of these ideas encourage you to find either a gym or community center that suits you to start your journey. You could also hire a personal trainer who understands your needs and concerns.
You deserve it! P.S.–Keep us posted.