Step outside of your comfort zone
Friday, February 24, 2012
When it comes to working out, it goes without saying that everyone has different abilities. Not just in the sense that people are in different states of in-shape-ness, but that everyone has those activities that come more naturally to them than other things do. Myself, like I'm sure many others... like to stick to those activities at the expense of a truly balanced workout.
Running. Core strength. Balance. These are my own personal top 3 things I have to work really really hard at - just to find myself still well below average in performance. The more you hate it, the more you probably need it though, right? One of my first fitness challenges was weaning myself off the elliptical and stationary bike at the gym, and setting out to make myself into a runner. Cycling is a thing that DOES come naturally to me. So, the accomplishment (for me personally) of being able to go out and do an impressively hard, long bike workout when I haven't touched my bike in a year pales in comparison to the way I felt when I ran my first [slooow] mile without having to stop. The more I have to overcome, the more awesome I feel once I achieve my goals. Makes sense, right? So push yourself!
Lately, since I can’t run… I don’t find myself as motivated by doing other cardio activities. You’d think you’d be more motivated to do things you excel at right? Haha. Not me! I like a good challenge. I’ve been doing a lot of strength training, and yoga lately. So the balance and the core have been seeing some major improvements! Last night I had a moment in plank where I was like “I feel light, in control, and like I could stay here forever” It was my core equivalent of that first full mile. I’ve always done strength training for like a half hour routine a few times a week. Never like 2-3, hour long heart pumping circuit workouts each week with a lot of core focus, and a ton of yoga. I will admit I need to see some more explicit cardio centric workouts enter my routine, but I feel good about my progress lately. I’ve really been pushing myself and it has been paying off. The ability to do things you were not able to do before is worth every drop of sweat and moment spent wishing the workout would end.