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    Working out in a hostel?

    Hey everyone!
    I'm currently travelling and living in a hostel (I'm lucky to be in New Zealand, there's no covid here at the moment). Now I really want to get back into exercising more (was really active here a while ago but then life happened), but of course there isn't a lot of space here, plus I often feel rather embarassed exercising in front of other people - especially when I'm doing something that I'm not very good at, which, since it's been a while, would be most things right now.

    So are there any specific workouts you'd recommened for working out where there isn't a lot of space and do you have any advice on getting over that "oh no people are watching me, while I fail at pushups" fear?

    #2
    I do all my Darebee workouts on a yoga mat. I am an extra bit careful on combat workouts and sometimes my legs may not be as ccontrolled as I would like.

    Overcoming fear? Embrace it, you may encourage someone to get of their ass.

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      #3
      Space shouldn't be an issue, the most space that you would need for most things here is the length of your body for planks, pushups and the like.

      The motivation can be tricky, it is kind of similar to being seen at the gym. As mentioned above, it is best to just get over it. Alternately I have found that people that run hostels are generally pretty open minded. You could ask the staff if they have a multipurpose room or something like that which you could use.

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        #4
        wannabeArtemis I feel for you. What you said perfectly describes "the audience effect". It is tied into our sense of who we are and the why of our existence which then touches upon self-presentation theory and reputation management. The article I linked to is a little dense and aimed at a different audience to fitness but you get the idea. Knowing that the fact that others watch us changes our behavior and affects our mental and physical responses the question is how to block successfully block it.

        The best way to deal with is to mentalize. Make your workout part of an inner narrative you create. In my past life I used to be part of a national competition team. Our training sessions were open which means that non-competition orientated martial artists could take part if they wanted to (it helped us level up when we met different styles and skill levels). They were also open to the public to observe and the observers' gallery was always full. This is by design as competitions always take part in front of an audience. If you can't handle the pressure of being watched then there is no point in taking part. In the beginning I too felt that every eye was on me and that everything I did was being judged and I would tense up mentally and physically. I got over it by running this narrative in my head where I was a lone ninja fighting a battle. It didn't matter what we did. If it was running drills and jumps I would imagine I was storming Shogun castles. If we sparred I would think myself in the middle of a 10,000-strong melee. The point is that the narrative took energy to create and maintain and that blocked my awareness of those around me. After a while it became so automatic that it didn't matter.

        That worked for me. You can use any narrative you like. The moment you find yourself getting into it the outside world disappears. And, by the way, we have some RPG fitness workouts that might be just the trick if you think yourself in the part.

        I really hope this helps.

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          #5
          If you can't work out in the hostel (due to people watching), could you find an area outdoors to work out in? It would seem to me that New Zealand of all places should have some nice areas where you can be secluded and workout in a pretty environment. This might even be a little motivating (would be for me). Maybe that's just me being a typical American and thinking the whole of New Zealand is a Lord of the Rings set.

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            #6
            The space you need is your total height plus a little bit more. If you're going to do combat, however, kicks can be difficult to practice in cramped areas... unless you'd like to sent the furniture flying all over the place. If so, then by all means, go ahead

            Now, about being watched... You'll have to embrace it. I live in a neighborhood that thrives on gossip, plus I'm not on my own, so I got used to being watched as I work out throughout my journey. Most of the time, they really don't care about what you're doing, or how you're doing it. In fact, I believe I have motivated a couple of people to train; plus a neighborhood asked me for workouts to strengthen her triceps, so it all turned out good in the end.

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              #7
              Thanks everyone! Yeah, I know, I don't need a ton of space, but it's still kinda uncomfortable working out in a space where I kinda feel like I'm always in the way? Like there's room, but there isn't any space where I can really exercise without someone possibly needing to squeeze past me and such... it's just not the most comfortable environment to work out in

              And then there's the ppl watching me issue.... I guess I really just need to get over that but ugh it's hard

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                #8
                What about trying Sofa workouts? Of course instead of Sofa you can use your bed. I don’t know the structure of the hostel, but hopefully no one disturb you to pass. It’s better than nothing and maybe after a while you’ll more comfortable to take more space.

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                  #9
                  Moon glow That's a really good idea, I think I'll try that, thank you!
                  I won't be in a hostel for too much longer anyway but still I wanna do something!

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