Poll: How Are You Challenging Yourself?


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A couple of weeks ago,  I blogged about how I normally work out alone, whether I'm at the gym or at home. I also shared my concerns that I had about taking fitness classes and asked for recommendations for getting over those concerns. I was impressed by the amazing amount of positive and supportive comments, along with the fitness class recommendations that were made on that blog and I truly thank each and every one of you that left a comment! In response to those wonderful comments that you all left on that blog, I wanted to write another blog to let you know what I have done since then.
In the last couple weeks, I have taken 4 different types of fitness classes at my gym AND I have been to some of them twice! Yes, I stepped out of my comfort zone and challenged myself to try something new. I have to tell you, it is something that I have enjoyed so much and can't wait for my next fitness class. Now, I haven't tried anything with choreography (Zumba or any other dance-style class), but I have been doing some HIIT, TRX, Core Conditioning & Functional Fitness (think circuit training) classes. These have fit my style perfectly and I have made many new friends through this process. Also, just as many of you commented on my previous blog, the instructors and other people taking the classes have been very friendly and accepting of me and other new people taking the classes. Of course, that requires patience, as we I ask a lot of questions to make sure I have proper form and doing things properly in general.
So what has this taught me? Challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone can be a great thing! I certainly have been missing out on a lot of fun fitness classes, but I'm having a blast now! A quote by Fred Devito that Coach Nicole shared on Facebook yesterday is one that I think applies here: "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." When I saw that post come up in my Facebook news feed, I thought, "what perfect timing!" Even though I am getting used to the fitness classes that I have been taking (and will continue to take), I am constantly challenging myself by going and doing new things in each class (each one is never the same as before) AND I will soon be giving Zumba a try. Talk about a challenge for me -- but I love the challenge and now I know that I should not be concerned if I get everything right. I should just go and have fun and enjoy the challenge and change that comes with it.

So tell me, what are you doing to challenge yourself today? How about this week or month? Are you stepping out of your comfort zone to challenge yourself?

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  • 9
    I used to tell myself I wouldn't try Spin because it looked too hard and biking made my knees hurt. Well 2 weeks ago, I decided to try a Spin class because the instructor was giving me a hard time; hummm turns out I LOVE Spin Class and have even changed my routine to make sure I make it to Spin Class every week! In the end I think it was a comfort thing and fear of change that prevented me from first trying Spin. - 5/3/2012   8:31:33 AM
    Wonderful, glad you're enjoying the classes!

    I've taken some challenges over the years: started karate one month before my 50th birthday and got my black belt at age 55; joining a gym was a huge challenge for me; booking sessions with a Personal Trainer; taking a boot camp; trying indoor rock climbing (I'm afraid of heights) - it was all a bit scary at first but so worth it.

    Right now my challenges are more in the brainy and personal department: taking a Master's program and preparing to be a grandma. I'm still sticking with karate but because of the way our club is composed I'm doing more teaching these days instead of learning a ton of new stuff myself. And I'm still taking Group Power and working on increasing my weights and keeping up with superfit instructors half my age. - 5/3/2012   8:27:15 AM
  • 7
    I walk three days a week with a training group and about to go up on training as I want to get my Fanatic which is three half marathons in 90 days this next spring. - 5/3/2012   8:12:29 AM
  • 6
    I'm challenging myself by sticking to a running training program even though it's still pretty hard for me. I finished my first 5K and now I'm determined to do at least 3 more this summer with a better time each race. It feels great. - 5/3/2012   7:41:18 AM
  • 5
    I'm stepping out of my comfort zone too & not taking my health for granted. I am going to the doctor tomorrow. ScArY! I have some health issues that I've been avoiding for quite a while & now I've got some additional concerns. I may as well find out what is going on so I continue to move in the right direction. BTW-You're gonna LOVE ZUMBA baby!! - 5/3/2012   7:38:09 AM
  • 4
    It's wonderful that your fitness classes have turned out to be such a positive experience. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! - 5/3/2012   7:11:15 AM
  • 3
    I'm learning to speak Italian. - 5/3/2012   6:42:24 AM
  • 2
    My box is just the opposite of yours in that I would rather be in a class than exercise by myself. I just don't feel as self-conscious when I can disappear in a crowd of people pushing themselves as hard as I am pushing myself. It's energizing! Right now joining a gym is not an option, so outside my box means finding motivation on the treadmill or in front of the tv. - 5/3/2012   6:24:17 AM
  • 1
    I'll be looking to PR my marathon by at least 10 minutes this Sunday. 4+ hours of pain. - 5/3/2012   6:16:36 AM

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