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Comfort zones are overrated


“Health for the Holidays!” is more than just a catchy title for our 13-week series. It’s a new way of thinking about the holiday season, when we’ve got more demands on our time and more opportunity to slip up on our healthy eating plan.

Making the most of these last three months of the year is going to set you up for a smooth transition in January, whether you decide to embark on a big weight loss plan at that time or not.

This week’s blogs are all about getting outside of your comfort zone.

The problem with comfort zones is that there is no growth inside them. One of my hot yoga instructors says, “You’ve got to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Nowhere is that more true than inside a room that’s 105 degrees!

Monday’s blog, “Cross-training Doesn’t Just Sound Cool, It Is Cool” suggests that you’ve got to vary your workouts to maximize results and fend off boredom. I get bored easily, so I’ve got to push myself to always try new stuff.

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Today’s blog, “Comfort Zones Are Overrated” encourages you to look beyond what comes easily or naturally to you. If you don’t try new things you’ll never know what you’re missing out on! Maybe you’re a star rower or Zumba dancer. How will you know if you don’t try?

And on Friday, I’m my typical sympathetic self in “Man Up!” In this blog I talk about how to get beyond your fear and self-consciousness when trying a new workout.

While you’re taking a stab at something new, don’t lose sight of your current workout. Your cardio workouts are 42.5 minutes per day, six days a week now. If you miss one or two, don’t worry! A couple of missed workouts won’t kill your momentum. The only thing that will? Giving up. Don’t let that be you.

You’re not in this alone. I’m right here with you. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and go try something new, shall we?!



P.S. Watch this week’s video where I go on location at my YMCA and enter for a chance to get swimming lessons with me and my swim coach, or if you already know how to swim we can just race or something. After we can go grab a coffee, as long as it’s not one of those pumpkin spice lattes!

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