Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

 

Each week, my Krushers group gets a nutrition, fitness or lifestyle challenge. This week, I asked the Krushers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new in the food department. Trying something outside our comfort zone usually adds a little ick-factor as our body and mind figure out what’s going on. But, as y’all know -  no pain, no gain! It’s so important to step out and try new things to avoid ruts; to expand our palate (especially if you’re picky - and I know some of y’all are) and endurance. It’s a great opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are capable and strong!

Being in your comfort zone is easy; there is a sense of familiarity, security and certainty. When we step outside that boundary box, we’re taking a risk and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress, anxiety (ain’t nobody got time for that) and possible failure; we’re not quite sure what will happen or how we’ll react. It’s when we put one running shoe out on that ledge, though, and take a risk that we so often get that golden-ticket!

As kids, we are natural risk-takers (our kids show us that all the time - mamas, you know what I mean???).  As adults, though, it’s a little harder to say…..OK, I’ll try it.  As we age and learn to fear failure, we start holding ourselves back and attempting fewer new things. In my 14 years of experience, I have found that challenging yourself keeps you young and agile. It keeps your confidence up. It also makes you wonder - What else can I do? How much further than I go? How high can I jump?

The Krushers challenge this week was to try a new fruit and share their experience. Some of our members even got their kids involved - we all know kids will keep you accountable.  

Here are four more ways to step out of your comfort zone:

  1. If you are a runner: Try weight lifting. You can take it outside if you prefer the outdoors.

  2. If you are a weightlifter: Go for a run! The Couch to 5K App is great for beginners.

  3. Step Up Your Water Game: Set a goal to drink half of your body weight. Instead of drinking out of a water bottle, add water to a pitcher. You can also add fruit to make it pretty and flavorful.

  4. Switch your workout time: Do you always workout after school or work? For one week, wake up an hour earlier to get in a workout. Compare how you feel working out in the morning versus the evening.