I suppose throwing your family out isn't an option? You don't really need a lot of space when doing either yoga or pilates - do you have to work out in the living room or can you find a safe place to work out someplace else?
Would it work to announce that anyone who's still in the living room when your workout starts will have to join you? Either you get a training partner or an empty room, assuming your family aren't total narcissists.
Same here. I try to do push ups or something and my family walks by and rolls their eyes at me. This is also why I run on a treadmill instead of outside where other people can see me.
Do you have a basement or maybe a room with a door that you could close? That is where I do my activities because I know I'm not being watched.
Original Post by Keylyn:
I love doing Pilates and yoga but feel pressured when doing them in the open living room . These activities are like my warmup for cardio and I want to do them before I go, but the feeling I get when people are watching me is to much to handle . I'm torn between getting fit and not being embarrassed.
We (me and my husband) live with his parents currently, and I also feel somewhat embarassed to workout in front of them.. so what I do is, I workout at 6 or 7 am, since they usually get up at like 9 am or so, and I workout in the living room, that way, they don't see me working out, but honestly, the more workout I do, the less I care if someone sees me cause I'm working out because I'm doing it for myself, so I can feel better about myself. So don't worry about it! Just workout and give it your best shot! :D Everything will be okay! :)
What I've started doing is going to my local YMCA and exercising there, but if you can't afford a gym membership (or live too far away) then I recommend trying to clear out another space in the house for doing pilates or yoga.
What irritates me about exercising in front of family members is that they make such a huge fuss about it. It might seem great to have family members make a big production over your weight loss and comment on how much you've lost, but after a while it gets to be incredibly irritating and more than a little intimidating- especially when you hit that plateau and have stopped losing as much. It's almost gotten to the point where I'm getting a bit of a complex about it. I've politely pointed out that I haven't lost a lot of weight in about two months now, I've tried walking away abruptly when they start bringing it up, and I've told them that I'm getting a little anxious whenever someone brings up the weight loss and makes a big fuss. Apart from rudely and loudly telling them that their comments (no matter how well-intentioned) puts me off of food for the rest of the day and is giving me anxiety attacks (which I've pretty much told them in a polite fashion), well...
I don't know if you're going through the same thing with your family, but just know that you're not alone in being self-conscious about working out around your family.
I used to be....
I would wait until 9 or 9:30pm after everyone was asleep just to not been seen, then I'd workout in the dark room, with only the glow from the TV. I did this to avoid the teasing and questions about losing weight and exercise. Then when I started falling asleep waiting to have my exercise time instead of just doing it, I realized I had to come to terms with my issues about being embarrassed.
I had a heart to heart talk with my husband and explained to him that I needed the time and space to workout with out the comments and questions. So now I workout when I need to. I'm lucky enough to have a workout room to go to, but I think a talk with your family is in order. It is advantageous to your family that you've made the changes that you are making. No need to be embarrassed about it.