From personal experience, I’ve learned that not all tips related to training and fitness have to relate to a particular workout or exercise or even nutrition. One of the biggest tips anyone ever gave me was for me to get OUT of my comfort zone to see results long term.
Now, I’m never one to have people feel completely uncomfortable in a negative way where they are turned off from a particular workout or way of eating. What I mean by being UNCOMFORTABLE is to try something new, something that is outside of the regular routine, to ignite change in a steady routine.
Here’s some ways to think about GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Change up the timeframe of your workouts!
Have you tried to wake up at a new time or switch a workout to include a midday walk or evening run? Changing the times of our workouts could help challenge our bodies to utilize energy at other times during the day. It can also help us to see if there is a more efficient time for us to get out workouts in. I used to try to workout after work and then saw I was skipping them because of something coming up in the day or because I was just too tired from the day. I started to wake up earlier in the morning so there was NO excuse for me not to workout, not as early as when I marathon trained but early enough. I end up feeling even more hyped to start the day once I know my workout was already done – anything else was a bonus!
Be Brave. Just because something is scary doesn’t mean you can’t tackle it.
Many of us started our fitness journey with incremental bouts of fitness. I know I used to walk Jaeden 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day. When I began to plateau, I tried something new. It was never anything completely outlandish, just something different than what I was used to. I went indoor rock climbing for a while and even began running, Insanity was the biggest catalyst of change within me. It could be a new fitness class you’ve wanted to try out and never had or a race you’ve been eyeing that you hadn’t quite worked the nerve to register for.
Make new friends!
Like-minded people, whether they’re online or in person, help us to achieve our goals and stay laser-focused. Like attracts like I always say. Friendships have taken on a whole new meaning for me as I’ve gotten older. The friendships I have now are ones that are about genuinely caring about each others’ success. I used to be the person who always kept to myself and didn’t talk much – believe it or not I was quiet. Now, I think “what would it hurt just to say hi or talk to someone?” I chat with whomever now, might as well! Making new friends has been one of positives of blogging and being out there in group fitness classes and races. Those opportunities aren’t times to necessarily show up and leave – engage with people and you’ll be glad you did!
If all else fails – remember “What have you got to lose?” 😉
How have you stepped out of your comfort zone in order to grow with your training or fitness?
What ideas do you have to keep this going?
August 11 my next PiYo Group starts! Now that’s a workout that was out of my comfort zone at first that I now LOVE! Enter your info HERE to get more info!