Why leaving your comfort zone is so difficult and what can you do about it?
Stepping out your comfort zone is definitely easier said than done!!
Let’s look at Rebel as an example of this…
It may be your first time, or maybe you are coming back from injury, but either way, we get it, exercise can be daunting. You finally decide that you are going to come down to that boot camp session (Looking for a good boot camp? We know of one, get your free trial here) you’ve been thinking about for ages, but then, when you’re just about to go, you get that overwhelming sense of fear!
- What if everyone is fitter than me??
- What if it’s too hard??
- What if I look ridiculous??
We all have our excuses for avoiding workouts, but “gym intimidation” can be one of the most powerful in preventing people from exercising.
How do you get over the intimidation factor??
It’s about understanding the reason behind your hesitation. What part is it that makes you feel uncomfortable? Is it that you are taking on something difficult and you might not succeed? Is it that you are worried what other people think or maybe that you don’t know anyone? All of these can cause you to feel intimidated.
- It’s about taking one step at a time, one day at a time. Break the problem down into a smaller one. Write it down. It makes it much easier to tackle. So instead of looking to get fit right away, it can be as simple as: “Today at 6.30pm I am going to train.” Or even simpler: “Tonight at 6.30pm I’m going to walk down to the park and see what’s going on.” Keep it simple!!
- Talk about it, with a friend, a partner, or a trainer at Rebel. Always here to help you feel at ease if you need it. The saying is right: A problem shared is a problem halved. (Questions? Fire them across here)
- Don’t try to be perfect! It takes time! There’s no rush! Best way to get results and enjoy what you’re doing is to build it up slow!
- Celebrate small milestones – made it to training! GO YOU!!
- Finally, don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t go to plan. If you manage 100% of the time, tell me how… like seriously…I want to know how you do it!!
A quote Rebel Alice likes to follow is:
“You should do one thing a day that scares you”
We often hear the phrase; “I just want to get a little bit fitter before I come to boot camp.” We understand that it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing…or looks like their doing.
Just remember no one is paying attention to what you are doing. They are just concentrating on their own thing!
Don’t let that stop you! You got this!
How to be proactive…
- Decide what it is that scares you.
- Why does it scare you?
- Write down how you think you’d feel if you achieved it.
- What can you do to make it easier for yourself?
- Consider your next steps and planning.
Seeing it written down may actually help you in getting over your fear. Most fears we have are made worse by overthinking and often creating unrealistic scenarios that will likely never happen, but too late – you’ve scared yourself and your confidence decreases!
Take each day at a time.