When you first start working out it can be hard to have people watch you. This is the very reason why many people, especially women, avoid gyms. Most people don’t enjoy being stared at when they are trying to master a new skill. So you would think that exercising at home would save you from prying eyes, right? … Not according to my sister who came up for air after an asana with my online fitness studio only to find three kids laughing and a husband staring rather too appreciatively.
If you don’t want a gallery of hecklers watching you while you workout at home, then you need to create some boundaries that benefit your physical health without ruining your family’s mental health. The worst thing you can say to your personal fitness fans is “don’t watch me while I exercise” or “don’t look at me, I’m fat!” That sends children a horrible message, and that’s counter-productive to establishing a holistic home life. Instead say something like, “Okay everybody, Mom/Dad is getting ready to workout. Feel free to join me or find something else to do.”
And don’t you dare let yourself feel guilty for creating a space for yourself, because you are also teaching manners and respect. The lookie-loos need to remember that it’s not polite to rubberneck whilst mother does downward dog. So create a space for yourself, and respect others when they crave that space.
Discussion: What kind of ideas do you have for people who work out at home and want some privacy?