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“Stepping outside of your comfort zone.”

We hear this statement all the time.  Often, it’s heard or read with a sort of “yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that a million times” sort of reaction. It’s one of those cliché lines that has kind of lost it’s meaning to many of us.  Does it mean I need to go camping for a month straight without deodorant? Or does it mean I need to start walking up the stairs more? Maybe both?

In the fitness world “stepping outside of your comfort zone” is a pretty standard way of telling people how to make progress. Many receive this message simply as, “I need to push harder.”  For example, if you are working out at a comfortable level now and push your effort level up a little higher, you will eventually get fitter, right? This seems like an easy concept.  In practice however, it’s not so simple.

To me, “stepping outside of my comfort zone” is way more than just pushing a little harder on this workout or that. It means making the hard choice over the easy choice. Do I give in to comfort or do I keep working toward my goals?

I often think to myself (after the workout is over of course) “I could have pushed a little harder.” And then I start rationalizing with myself about why I didn’t push harder here, or why I didn’t think I could at the time anyway.  I ask myself why I couldn’t find that extra gear here or there and wish I could’ve done more. But the reality is, there are more times than not when I push as hard as I can for that day. Of course, from day to day my push and drive can vary just like anyone else, but generally, I feel pretty uncomfortable after a good workout. So, what then, does it mean for me to “step outside of my comfort zone?”

For me, it typically means working out when I don’t feel like it. Or working on a movement that I know I struggle with. Or doing burpees even when that means I have to do burpees.  Or running when I have already run this year, etc. During this time of the year it’s cold and it gets dark early.  Do I really want to do anything other than go home and sit on the couch?

These are all things I must find a way to overcome. These are all things I must find a way to STEP OUTSIDE of my comfort zone. If I let them, these things can all kill my drive and motivation. One missed workout at a time, one burpee free day at a time. MY comfort zone gets bigger one decision at a time.

I don’t “feel” like working out, so I don’t, always leads me to the feelings of regret.  I don’t like feeling like I’ve taken the easy way out and I don’t like feeling like there was more I could have done.

To me, “stepping outside of my comfort zone” is way more than just pushing a little harder on this workout or that. It means making the hard choice over the easy choice. Do I give in to comfort or do I keep working toward my goals?

 

 

Jasper Koenig

CrossFit Paladin

Lubbock, TX