So many people avoid going to the fitness center because they fear that everyone will be looking at them, or because they think they'll stand out. The truth is, most people who are at a fitness center are so focused on their own fitness that they probably won't even look at you or care much at all about what you are doing. However, knowing how to blend in can help you feel more comfortable, and it is easier to get a good workout when you're comfortable. So, here are some tips to help you blend in when you're new to the fitness center.

Wear appropriate footwear.

You don't have to buy the most expensive running shoes or trainers to go to the gym, but you should at least wear trainers of some sort. Not only will this help you look the part, but it will ensure you have the support and stability you need to work out safely. You're less likely to slip when lifting a weight or have to cut your treadmill session short because your feet are blistering. 

Wipe down the equipment after use.

Failing to wipe down the equipment after use will earn you the side-eye from other gym-goers, and for good reasons. You don't want to sit in someone else's sweat, so don't expect them to sit on yours. Most gyms have paper towels and spray bottles you can use to clean the equipment after you use it. If you do not see these immediately, ask a gym employee where they are. You may have to pick up a bottle and roll of towels from behind the counter.

Pay attention to time limits.

Does the gym have a sign on the treadmills saying sessions are limited to 30 minutes or 60 minutes? Maybe there is a sign on the weight equipment specifying that you have to "work in" with others if you're doing more than one set. Pay attention to these limits, and you'll blend right in rather than be perceived as rude or inexperienced.

If you don't know how to use a piece of equipment, ask.

You'll look a little silly if you sit on a machine backward or use it entirely incorrectly. Thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid this. If you don't know how to use a piece of equipment, either ask a gym employee or search for videos that show you how.

With these tips, you will blend right in at the fitness center. 

For more information, contact a local company like YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.