I’m going to be honest, exercising isn’t very fun for me. And I’m going to assume that, for some of you, it isn’t exactly thrilling either. These past few years as I tried to get back some of the body I had as a teenager dancing six days a week, I have fallen in-and-out of love with working out, often taking months off at a time.
I get bored easily; it’s why I only do month-to-month gym contracts and rarely sign up for more than a few classes a month at the yoga studio. That’s why this year, to keep things fun and interesting, I’m all about going out of my comfort zone and trying new things. (That’s why ClassPass is so great for me – it lets me explore!)
I’m both an introvert and an extrovert, so pushing myself out of my comfort zone is both incredibly scary and really thrilling to me. Anytime I’ve done it before the benefits have far outweighed any cons, so here is why I’m going full force ahead in 2015 – and why you should join me:
Let’s start off with the obvious. Doing things that make you uncomfortable or uneasy (scary reformer in Pilates, anyone?) will give you quite the experience. Trying something you’ve never done before will hopefully introduce you to a new hobby, and if it doesn’t, well now you know you don’t like that! First up for me? Spinning! I’ve only tried cycling once years ago in a gym, and I am so excited to try all the different kinds of cycling classes out there.
Last year I challenged myself to make a new friend in the classes I was regularly attending. Not only did it give me someone to chat with before and after, but we extended our friendship to working out together outside of class. The best part was when one of the girls told me she kept coming to the class because every week I would say “see you next week!”
Variety is the spice of life, right? Remember I said I get bored easily? Switching up my classes every few weeks will help keep boredom at bay! Being able to see a daily schedule of different studios all in one place on the ClassPass website makes it super easy to change my routine!
Doing things that are intimidating to you and showing yourself that you can do it is a huge confidence builder. The more you put yourself out there, the better you get. Walking into a new class every week where I don’t know anyone will force me to introduce myself and let go of my insecurities to have fun.
How amazing is it that there are so many different classes to try? You’re only argument not to try is that you’ve tried all the classes – but you probably won’t make it through it in one year, but you should go for it! Why stick to the same thing every week when you have an entire world of fitness to explore?
But how do you get out of your comfort zone?
If you’re on the introverted side like me here are a few tips to help you when you don’t know anyone in the class.
Put your phone away. Would you walk up to someone to chat if he or she’s face was looking down at their phone? Stash it in your bag before you even walk in to the studio.
Be open and receptive to meeting new people. Everyone is nervous to introduce themselves to a stranger. Make it easier on people by making eye contact and smiling! The awkward part is over and forgotten within seconds.
Open with a compliment! This is one of my favorite tactics to make a connection and brighten someone’s day. Introduce yourself with a simple compliment like “I love your shoes”! She’ll (hopefully) say thanks and you can say “no problem, I’m Jacquelyn by the way”. Easy!
Have fun! People will remember the girl that has fun more than the wallflower. Let go of your nervousness and allow yourself to enjoy the class.
See you next week! Another favorite of mine, but only say it if you think you’ll be back! You can even take it a step further by asking if they’ll be back next week and suggesting you exchange numbers to meet up for coffee beforehand!