Welcome to the first installment of my new series, FiddleDee Fitness! I know I’ve been writing about my Princess Half training for a while now, but I wanted to start a regular column on Mondays to document all different fitness topics. Some will be basic blog posts, I’m also going to start video blogging again. It’s going to be lots of fun and I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
This week, I’m talking about stepping out of comfort zones.
Running is my comfort zone. It doesn’t require me doing anything in front of a group, I can duck out of a training run without being held accountable, I don’t have to pay a fee to run in a class. It’s the “easy” way for me to work out. The workout itself isn’t easy, but there’s a certain comfort level I’ve acquired surrounding the idea of running.
Tonight, I’m stepping way out of my comfort zone. Like, a whole other planet outside of it. I wanted to add some strengthening/stretching into my training and yoga just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I need something new and different. So, I did something insane and signed up for UltraBarre at my daughter’s ballet studio. It’s a fitness class using the ballet studio barre, almost a mix of barre exercises and Pilates. The studio owner swears I’m going to love it, even though I’ve never taken a dance class before.
Why? Well. 1) I am uncoordinated as all hell. I can’t even get through a run without tripping over my own two feet. Sure, I’ve been known to throw back a few drinks and dance my butt off at the bar, but that’s a bar, not a “barre”. 2)I haven’t done yoga or Pilates in forever. I can’t even touch my toes at this point. It’s sad how stiff and not flexible I am. This is going to hurt. Badly. 3) There’s that whole part about joining a class with a group of people I don’t know and my anxiety not enjoying the “new kid in class” feeling. Barf.
Luckily, it’s a “drop-in whenever you want” type of class and I didn’t have to commit to an entire semester. I’m just hoping I don’t end up in a class with hardcore dancers and make a complete fool of myself. I’ve already started coming up with excuses in my head as to why I can’t go tonight, but I will go. I’ll push my comfort limits and try to enjoy a new experience. Eeek.
FiddleDee Fitness Question of the Week: Have you ever stepped outside of your fitness comfort zone and tried something new? If not, what’s one thing you’ve thought about doing, but haven’t been able to get yourself to do just yet? Leave me a comment and let me know!