Why Moving Outside Your Comfort Zone Will Improve Fitness After 40
The internet has made it much easier to stay within your comfort zone. You no longer need to leave your home to shop, or even make friends. There are even apps and games consoles which will help you to lose weight.
This is where the problem lies, without difficulty there is no reason to be better than you already are.
How Comfort Affects Your Fitness
Adult obesity in the US is estimated at 35%. But you’re trying hard not to fit into that category aren’t you?
The first step to losing weight is diet, our 1-day meal plan can help you get started with this. The second step is building your habits to include exercise. Ultimately you should be changing yourself with our 24-minute workout.
You know losing weight, building muscle and improving fitness means you need to exhert yourself. This is the start of moving out of your comfort zone.
Instead of sitting on the couch you’re forcing your body to do something and you will feel the effects later!
However, build the habit and you’ll start to drop the weight or build muscle. But then comes the dreaded plateau.
This is when you don’t move any closer to your fitness goals and stagnate. This is also the time when you are most likely to give up.
The problem is your fitness routine has become too much of a habit, you’ve found a new comfort zone and are staying in it.
Comfort Zones Affect Every Part Of Your Life
Think about the first time you exercised. It was a challenge because you were not comfortable doing it. But you had a great feeling when you finished!
The same is true in life. Take a look at the projects you have on at work. The most difficult and challenging are probably going to be the most worthwhile.
But, these are also the ones that are outside of your comfort zone. That’s the reason you put them off for as long as possible.
Whether you need to have a conversation with your wife about moving jobs or a talk with your boss about the promotion you deserve; you know the conversation will be difficult.
It’s easier to put this off and stay in your comfort zone.
But, by having these conversations or undertaking that project you’ve been too scared to start; you’ll challenge yourself and achieve far more.
At work this will often mean you’re given the projects that no one else wants to tackle. This broadens your horizons and gives you a value that other employees don’t have.
Success Is A Result Of Moving Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Robert F. Kennedy said “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”.
This is true. You can only achieve success at work or improving your fitness through not being afraid of failing.
The moment you lose your fear of failing you are open to moving out of your comfort zone and trying new things.
The discomfort of trying a new approach to food and exercise will achieve results. This worked when you first started exercising; you simply need to keep moving outside your comfort zone.
How To Move Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Sometimes this decision is forced upon you. For instance Jimmy Lovine dropped out of college and was working as a cleaner. He now runs Apple Music.
How is this possible? In his case he went into work on a holiday weekend to discover his boss was testing him to see if he would come in. His reward was a chance to help produce an album.
Eventually he produced albums for many famous singers, including Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga!
If he had chosen to stay in his comfort zone he would probably still be a cleaner today!
The great thing about moving out of your comfort zone is that you need to focus all your attention on a project; this allows you to achieve your full potential.
There are several steps you can take to move out of your comfort zone and achieve your goals in life, whether they are fitness or work related.
Step 1 – Say Yes
When somebody asks if you want to do something and your instinctive answer is no, say yes. Don’t think about the decision; simply commit.
By agreeing to partake in a marathon or research a new product at work you are creating the opportunity to move out of your comfort zone.
The fact that you have voiced this to someone else means you’re accountable. Now you have to do it.
Step 2 – Embrace The Project
Once you commit then set a date. The sooner you start the less time you’ll have to dwell on it and talk yourself out of starting something.
Put the project into your diary as an appointment. When the allotted time slot arrives focus all your efforts on it.
Step 3 – Remove Temptation
When you choose to use our 1-day meal plan you’re committing to eating healthier even though it is outside of your usual routine.
Remove all foods that are not part of your new regime, this will reduce your temptation to stay in your comfort zone.
The same is true for any project.
Step 4 – Acknowledge Failure
Stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t mean instant success. It means you’re prepared to try.
Not everything will work for you.
For example, pain and discomfort when exercising shows that you’re pushing your body to its limit. This is how you create micro tears in your muscles which encourage muscle growth as they heal.
But, excess pain or discomfort is likely to cause you an injury and hamper your goals.
Not every activity will work, the discomfort you feel moving out of a comfort zone should be mainly a mental feeling. If it’s not working accept it but commit to trying something different.
Step 5 – Start Small
You don’t need to commit to running for two hours if you currently don’t run at all. Moving out of your comfort zone can be done in small steps.
For example, start by committing to getting your fitness gear on and walking out the front door. You can walk straight back in if you like!
Within a week you’ll be walking or jogging for 10 minutes and within a month you’ll be comfortable completing our 24-minute workout.
Get Started Now!
The secret to moving out of your comfort zone and improving your fitness is in starting now. Don’t think, just commit to something new, different and a little scary!
You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!
Your new friend & health coach,
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on conditioning workouts.