Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Get out of Your Comfort Zone
by Shannon Rowley
I was recently leading a class and told my clients that I was trying to get them out of their comfort zone. One person said “I’m already out of it!” others laughed and pushed along in the workout. When it comes to fitness, change won’t occur unless you get out of that comfort zone and stay out! I have found if you venture out of your comfort zone it keeps you more motivated and challenges your abilities.
This time of year hits some of us hard physically and mentally, Our New Year’s Resolutions have come and gone, we may have seen some great results up to this point, or maybe not. Gym populations are also starting to thin out and we have established our routine. It’s easy to just keep doing what we are doing or get lax in our efforts. We tend to get too comfortable in our workout routine. We are still trucking it to the gym every day, and we might even be seeing results still, but mentally are you still in it?
Sometimes we don’t even realize we are stuck. Your comfort zone can be a specific workout that you do at the same time every day, or it can be a certain activity that you stick to. Even if you start holding yourself back from struggling too much in a workout could be holding you back from your full potential. If you are simply just “working out” It may work for you now, but it may eventually lead to lack of motivation, burn out and then ceasing all together.
It is important to push yourself past your boundaries. Simply going through the motions and getting sweaty isn’t enough. If fitness classes are working for you, try a different class at a different time or try that class you think is too hard to do, chances are you can do it. Challenge a friend to jog a mile after class. Or challenge yourself to try an exercise that you’ve never done before like one-handed push-ups or one legged squat thrusts. Try stepping it up by jumping higher, punch harder, move faster. Get that heart rate up higher than yesterday or grab heavier weights that then last week. The key is to get to the point where you want to stop, and keep going even if it’s for just one minute longer, one rep more. Make yourself very uncomfortable. Know you can always stop or slow down. But think of how far you can go, if you just push a little further.
Getting out of your comfort zone is challenging, but I promise you it’s the start of becoming stronger, faster, healthier and happier. You may end up surprising yourself with what your body is actually capable of if you just push it a tiny bit more.