December is over, we are almost a month into the new year and you are not giving up on your New Year's resolutions this year like the years before. No, not this year, instead you are willing to overcome the quickly overwhelming and harsh commitment you made to yourself last December. Yes, the gym is terrifying at first and you may not be ready to go out in public at risk of embarrassment. What do you do? Well, for starters, doing exercises at home to get comfortable with the movements of cardiovascular activities (aka cardio) and resistance training may make it easier to step into the neighborhood gym.
Once you're ready, step out of that comfort at home and go to the local gym/fitness center and go in for a trial. Here's the secret, do not be afraid or intimidated by all the seasoned athletes that make the gym their second home. Be confident in yourself that this sport/activity is merely for yourself and self-improvement. Your only competition is yourself on this new journey. Once you are able to convince yourself to just look in the mirror and accept that your insecure mindset is the only thing in the way to your goal, then you will be on your path to success.
Success in the realms of fitness is seen in many ways, but you are the only judge of that. That's what is so great about it, you can work as much as you want to on yourself and your well-being. Whether you strive for a better physique by losing weight and gaining muscle or by gaining weight and muscle, it is all up to you. It is only healthy to take time away from your daily stresses and just focus on you for an hour and a half. It gives you time to think, have fun, feel good, and all the emotions in between. Then gradually once you become more experiences in the movements you can focus on increasing the repetitions or the weight of your workouts when you do resistance training. Similarly, when you are doing cardio based exercises you can gradually go up in intensity and length to push yourself to become better.
Good luck on your journey.