So, my fiance and I have talked about getting a gym membership in a few months when we can afford it. However I’m concerned; everyone I’ve talked to who does the gym thing, especially if they ever use a personal trainer, talks about how to lose weight you HAVE TO count calories in order to reach your goal. This concerns me, as those who have read the previous posts know, because I used to obsessively count calories and had good food types and bad food types and so on when my anorexia was running my life. I still find counting calories to be very triggering and have relapsed a few times because I tried to keep track of my calorie intake, just to see how much I eat a day.
Obviously, I wouldn’t have to use a personal trainer, but I’m wondering how deeply set that mentality is at the gym. Is it just when you talk to a personal trainer about your goals or are you going to get pestered by everyone about it when the subject comes up? Are there any gyms that deal with people who have a history of mental illness and eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder? If there are, would any in my area have a clue what to do with me?
These are just a few of the concerns I have about going to the gym. The other concerns I have are people going to the gym while ill and spreading their germs and illnesses to other people (I have a very weak immune system) and how often they clean the equipment, if at all. I know that most gyms offer sprays to spay on the machines or wipes but I wonder if that would upset my environmental illnesses.
I guess they only way to know would be to go to a gym and try it out but I’m afraid even that would be too triggering to me. When it gets closer to the time we can afford a membership, then I guess we’ll have to do some calling around to see what we can find out.