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15th Nov 2018

In a recent survey by Sport England, it was revealed that 75 per cent of women would like to get involved in sports yet are reluctant to do so due to body image and fear of underperforming. It’s not just girls being affected- everyone at some point in their lives suffers with body image issues, spurred either from societal pressures or other people’s remarks- resulting in a lack of confidence when it comes to sport.

Issues around body image have also skyrocketed over the past few years. An obsession and oversaturation of social media has led to young people aspiring to look like the people they see online, no matter how airbrushed the photos.

It can be tough for people to start their fitness journey when they see people online who seem to have their lives stitched seamlessly together.

In a bid to deal with this rise in insecurity, look at our advice on facing your fears when it comes to sport- because no one should have to miss out.

#Find a sport or work out buddy

For many, starting a new sport can be daunting, so asking a friend to go with you can be a great step in the right direction when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone. Having a familiar face there, whether you’re heading to a dance class, to play some football or to try out swimming, can be comforting and confidence boosting.

#Don’t be afraid to break a few eggs

If you’re looking to get into sport, don’t be afraid of trying out a variety of options, everybody enjoys exercise differently. Whilst your friends might love the gym, it’s normal for you to love running in the park. Remember, gym memberships can be cancelled with ease and it’s never a bad idea to give something new a try- sampling a variety of sports and different exercise classes can be a massive confidence boost.

#Use distractions

If you’re heading to the gym for the first time and feeling the nerves, a great way to get around this is to put on your favourite playlist. Placing your phone on aeroplane mode, putting on some great songs and getting sporty is a great way to switch off from the outside world and really enjoy yourself- which brings me onto the next point…

#Enjoy yourself!

Exercise can be great! Not only does it boost endorphins- which make you feel super-, but it also boosts your mood and motivation, setting you up on the path to health, self-love and respect- all of which are bound to make you get you sleeping better at night and feeling much better in yourself.


Elizabeth Whittingham

Global Social Media/Marketing Manager


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