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September 25, 2021

Getting out of your comfort zone

Let’s get out of our comfort zone when training. Many of us associate training as a chore or we need motivation to workout. Many of us stay in our comfort zone because it’s where we feel safe. Living in our comfort zone helps us avoid feelings of stress and anxiety, but also holds us back from gaining strength and growth. 

When it comes to training, showing up is half the battle. With each movement we do in, we can decide to give it just a bit or give all that we have. Let me ask you a question: How will you know what you are capable of and how are you supposed to grow or change your mental and physical state if you don’t give it your all or push yourself during your training session? 

You might be getting in your exercise, but if you do not push yourself, you will never get the outcome you desire. Fitness is more than a physical endeavor. It also has to do with your willpower. Finding a way to overcome your obstacles so that you can arrive at your objectives is crucial. How do you push yourself beyond your limits and not just give up when you feel it’s hard? This is getting out of your comfort zone. 

There are several tricks that you can use to motivate yourself to push past your limits. Typically, your mind overreacts and instructs you and your body to pull back, even though you are perfectly capable of pushing forward. By steadily pushing past your presumed limits when working out, you can show your brain your true limits. That is why it is so important to understand how to push yourself, and there are plenty of ways to do it.

  • Switch it up: Sometimes, a lack of drive comes from boredom. If you are starting to feel like you could do more but seem stagnant, maybe switching up your fitness routine could help. Change the scenery, this may help your mind relax and go with the flow. This may, in turn, help you push past your plateaus or self-imposed barriers.
  • Use the magic word: “Now.” Tell yourself “I’m going to train NOW.” You know yourself very well. When you continue to put something off, it almost never gets done. Either just get your training in first thing in the morning or schedule it in your day, making it a scheduled appt with yourself. This way your training session doesn’t get pushed off to the side and leaves less of a resistance to the temptation of not doing it at all.
  • Start Small: Start off your fitness routine small and don’t overcomplicate it. If you want to know how to get out of your comfort zone, identify a few areas where you can challenge yourself without feeling too overwhelmed and build from there. Begin to reap the benefits of pushing yourself beyond what you feel you are capable of. You will feel more confident in yourself, and will inevitably feel motivated to take risks in other areas of your life.

Ashley LaMorte is a nationally certified fitness instructor and has been in the fitness industry for seven years. Over the past seven years, Ashley has gotten the opportunity to instruct group X boot camps at gyms and train private clients from all walks of life, all over the bay area. She now has her own mobile fitness business LaMorte Lift. You can learn more about Ashley at LaMorteLift.com.

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