Well you are all in luck, you know why? Because you are AWESOME and so is Vancouver. You have so many super cool things at your finger tips! Studies show that trying something new increases your confidence, appreciation for yourself and helps you break out of a rut! Who doesn't want all of the above eh!!!
I have realized that I have a serious addiction to trying new things. Some of my peers have labelled this as an 'addiction to change' and have found this odd, silly and simply just a bad way to live. Although I respect my peers & value their opinion, I know there is a reason why I crave change and it has caused me to investigate myself just a little deeper as to why people, like myself, crave and love trying new things.
Trying new things strengthens your courage, opens up the possibility for you to enjoy new activities that you may have not known you would have liked! I remember this one female client of mine hated running, never wanted to even try it, and ensured I knew this when I first started working with her. After 6 months, her loyalty and trust in me as a trainer, opened her up to new things. Dah-dah-dah, to the treadmill we go! Today she runs an average of 7km's 2-3 times per week. She never would have known that she truly loved running unless she would have tried it! It's like you would have never known you liked waffles and ice cream unless you tried it. Am I right, or am I right?
Trying new things prevent you from becoming bored, getting in a rut. Although I do think ruts and momentary boredom can be healthy, it is not healthy to stay in this stage for too long. You need to have downs and stand stills to give allow yourself to reflect and create new goals, which brings me to what I feel the ultimate reason why I, and many others love trying new things...
Personal growth. We were raised to learn and to move forward in life, well we were forced to by our school system. Yes of course it was annoying, of course we hated it at times (no one likes being told what to do), but it forced us to evolve. Once we get out of school or we get comfortable in that 'career' we seem to think that we have completed our mission. “No more growing for me, I stopped at 15 years old, that was my last growth spurt.” No way-hosay! Get out there, go to a different coffee shop, order a different meal, go for a walk on a different trail, try a different part of the gym or a different bike in your spin classes. Start small, or hell start super big, but just start.
The point of this rant is that maybe I can convince 1 or 2 of you to try something new, something that scares you or intimidates you. It will do you good and it will sharpen some those crayons in your box ;)
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. Join me and start moving and feel the difference. Read my blog to get motivation, try the exercises I've posted, contact me for personal training, bootcamps, workout cards or just go for a walk. Any activity is good activity.