12 Therapist-Backed Tips For Overcoming Exercise Anxiety

“Exercise anxiety is many times created by negative thoughts related to fear of failure, embarrassment and fear of pain or injury,” according to one expert. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)
“Exercise anxiety is many times created by negative thoughts related to fear of failure, embarrassment and fear of pain or injury,” according to one expert. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)

Does the thought of starting a fitness routine or hopping back into an abandoned one incite doom, stress or apprehension? Exercise anxiety is a very real thing.

Raffi Bilek, a licensed therapist and director of the Baltimore Therapy Center, said a common reason that people get nervous about heading to the gym is because of social pressure to look a certain way.

“It’s often an impossible ideal to attain, or at least it certainly seems that way. And that fear of failure can contribute to anxiety over even getting started,” he explained.

Grace Dowd, a licensed clinical social worker in Austin, Texas, added that exercise anxiety can stem from people worrying that others will judge them while they work out, from

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Test Your Fitness, Build Muscle And Spark Your Metabolism With Our Dumbbell-Only Workout Challenge

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From Esquire

Working every minute, on the minute (EMOM), you’re going to perform one rep on each side of your body of each exercise. Then you add an additional rep to each movement, every minute, until you can no longer perform the prescribed reps in sixty seconds. Your ‘score’ is the number of the last full round you successfully completed.

So, on the first minute you’ll perform one reverse lunge on your left, switch the dumbbell into your other hand and perform one reverse lunge on your right.

Then, lower the dumbbell to the floor and perform one clean and press on your left, switching hands once the dumbbell is back on the floor and finishing with one clean and press on your right.

Then on every additional minute you’ll add one rep to each movement ie. 2 lunges on the left, 2 on

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How one school district tends to students’ emotional health during coronavirus pandemic

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Three months ago, the Saddle Brook school district was making steady progress toward social and emotional learning as a part of a district initiative.

In-class yoga, mindfulness mantras and coping strategies for anxiety were part of the daily routine.

Then came the pandemic.

Virtual learning separated children from schoolmates and teachers at a time when the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other health experts were noting a surge in stress and depression. Next came the killing of George Floyd and racial tensions that heightened anxiety for many families. 

“I’m glad that we were in front of social and emotional learning, that we had this wellness initiative in place, because we had already been talking about it and doing it,” said Superintendent Danielle Shanley.

To address a complicated new reality, the entire faculty worked together to keep social and emotional learning at the forefront.  

“My concern

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Roku (ROKU) Expands Health & Fitness Options With Peloton App

Roku ROKU recently added Peloton App, Peloton Interactive’s PTON virtual fitness platform for Roku streamers. The Peloton channel features thousands of instructor-led workouts that can be done with or without equipment.

The Peloton Roku app is available in the United States from Jul 1 and in Canada from Jul 2. A release date for the United Kingdom has not yet been decided. The news of the app deal helped push Roku’s stock up 10% on Jul 1 to a closing price of $128.39.

Roku is offering Peloton’s Digital Membership, which costs $12.99 a month. New users can take advantage of a 30-day free trial and sign up on Roku TV with Roku Pay while existing Peloton subscribers can log in for free via Roku TV. Classes covered include yoga, meditation, stretching, strength training and cycling. There are also guided workouts for outdoor runners.

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