As many know, fitness (exercise science) has been a passion of mine for over 20 years. I also love nutrition, and tailoring food to give you the most out of a happy healthy life! When someone is just starting out in an exercise or nutrition program, I encourage keeping things straight forward and finding exercises you love that will give you the best results in the least amount of time. However, over time, even the most amazing workouts can have you at a plateau, and maybe not even just for your body, but a brain plateau (which is way worse). This is why, for myself and those I motivate in fitness, I really like to encourage trying new things, and not just trying them, committing to them, becoming better at them. Taking on things that maybe you’re not already good at (gasp).
A few years ago I took up running and ended up running 3 half marathons in 2 years. At the end of the 3rd one, I stopped running, I wanted to go back to my circuit training and home exercising. And that was fine, I was ready for a change. I took up kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, which continue to be passions of mine that I plan to continue for the long haul. But I was just missing an edge. The edge that comes from trying something new. The edge that comes from a deadline, like a race or a competition. The edge that has you anxious and terrified and yet excited and craving more at the same time.
SO…a couple months ago I joined in on the Oxygen Challenge 2. Oxygen is a fitness magazine that I couldn’t get enough of back in the day when I wanted to do fitness competitions, and they were having a challenge to pick a coach to determine your program for 90 Days. Out of the two programs I picked the one that I didn’t think I’d be good at, that is totally outside my comfort zone. My coach has a crossfit and Olympic weightlifting background, not where I come from at all. But I’m in to month 2 and I LOVE it! I am excited for my workouts and even when I have to modify and exercise or am completely pushing myself to failure, I feel amazing and have an edge that I haven’t had for a while. Oh, because did I mention the grand prize is the January cover of Oxygen Magazine. It’s exciting, it’s a little terrifying, but it’s new and has taken my brain off autopilot.
My husband asks me why I’m doing the crazy thing, and all I can say is ‘because it’s a challenge.’ It’s a challenge mentally, physically, and sometimes emotionally. I encourage you to find a challenge. If it’s just getting started on a program, or changing up what you’re currently doing, find something that excites you! If you don’t know where to look or how to get started, email us at Bright Fitness. We have done a lot of things over the years and would love to help you find your challenge!