Spinning out of Control

I’m going to try a new thing tonight.  Not gonna lie.  I’m scared I may die.  Ok.  I know I probably won’t die but I may wish for it tomorrow.

I am going to take a spinning class (cue the groans and Nos!).

Why am I using this as a blog post? I figure if I post this publicly, I have to go.  Otherwise when people ask me how it went, I’ll have to admit that I chickened out.

I go to the gym on a fairly regular basis.  I tend to do the same exercises over and over and over again.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m glad that I go and I love the endorphin rush.  It always elevates my mood and is the best stress relief I could ask for.

Here’s the thing, I’m not seeing any progress in my fitness, strength or toning even though I go to the gym 3-4 days a week.  There’s not really a challenge to what I do.  I know I need to shake things up.

I found out last week that a friend of mine teaches spinning on Tuesday nights.  I know this class will challenge and stretch me (pun intended).  It will take me out of my comfort zone and force me to quite possibly make a fool of myself in front of a bunch of strangers.

I also know that my body will feel the difference once I complete the class.  I know that I will feel a sense of accomplishment trying something new and completing it.  It may even inspire me to try some other things.

Trying something new is usually a little scary.  It’s hard to grow, though, when you don’t change what you are doing from time to time.  Sometimes it’s less comfortable to stay in your comfort zone.  Tomorrow, I’ll be sitting on a really uncomfortable bike seat.  Comfort will not enter into the equation but I know at the end of it, I’ll be glad that I was uncomfortable for a bit.

Today give some thought about how you could move outside of your comfort zone to a place that challenges you and helps you reach a goal.  Maybe you’ll want to hop on a bike and we can head out together.