Stepping Out of Your Fitness Comfort Zone
Whether you’re bored from doing the same exercise every day for the past 5 years, or you’re just wondering where to start, it can be hard to build up the confidence to try a new type of exercise. (picture source)
But if you don’t continue to mix up your routine, you may end up bored, injured, burned out, or missing out on a form of exercise that you really love! (See this post on the benefits of mixing up your workout routine and this post on how to increase your exercise without getting injured for more information).
On Monday, you may have seen on Instagram that I went to Body Pump for the first time in about a year. I got really into Body Pump in the summer and fall of 2012 and was going consistently, but then I fell off the wagon at the beginning of 2013. Of course, I’ve stayed in shape with running, biking, yoga, circuit workouts, bodyweight strength training, and who knows what else. But something about going back to Body Pump really intimidated me! What if I couldn’t lift as much as I used to be able to lift? What if the instructor realized that I hadn’t been there for a year? What if the routines were so different that I didn’t know what I was doing? What if I accidentally took “the” spot that someone stands in during every single class, and they were glaring at me the whole class? (picture source)
Well, I decided I needed some strength training, and I walked into class anyway. You’ll never believe what happened…
- No one called attention to the fact that I hadn’t been there in a year. The instructor smiled and said hi when I walked in.
- No one really even looked at me – everyone was minding their own business and enjoying their own workout.
- I started with lower weights than I was used to so as not to hurt myself, and no one was judging me for using light weights.
- I still got an amazing workout, and felt a bit sore yesterday without feeling like I had overdone it or couldn’t walk.
- I had a blast, and remembered why I enjoyed going to Body Pump so much in the first place!
I know, it’s shocking. (Have you gotten my sarcasm yet?) It was so fun that yesterday, I decided to try another new thing, and went to a new-to-me yoga studio that I’ve heard so much about. I went through the same emotions (“What if this yoga studio is different than the dozens of other yoga studios I’ve been to, and I somehow end up looking like a total idiot?”), but it turned out great! (picture source)
So please, try something new this week. Go in, tell the instructor you’re new or ask for help, start out slowly, and then put one foot in front of the other and just do it! If you don’t like it, you can always try something else. If you mess up and look stupid, you’re probably the only one that notices. If you can’t run for more than 10 seconds or can’t get into a yoga pose or can’t lift a weight that everyone else is lifting, well, at least you have something to work towards now! And I guarantee you that you’ll feel more accomplished for trying something new than you would have if you had stayed on the couch. (picture source)
**If you happen to be in Austin, check out the *free* Texas Training Kick-Off Party that’s happening Sunday, January 26th. It’s going to be a great time full of running, new friends, and refreshments – wish I could be there! And remember, if you’re up for the ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon in Austin on April 12th, use discount code TXAMB8 for 10% off!**
So tell me in the comments … Are you good at stepping out of your “fitness comfort zone”? What’s the last new thing you tried, fitness or otherwise?