A common piece of advice I've heard for years: Reach out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself a bit. Good advice, for sure. Today, I did just that!
A few months back, I added a goal to my list. Add "new pieces of life" to my new life. It started in the form of living, growing things, such as the monster cherry tomato plant on my back deck and buying myself fresh flowers from Trader Joe's every few weeks.
This weekend, I expanded on the advice. I've always wanted to try a spin class. Earlier this week, Groupon had a local deal at a new (and close) facility called Mojo Spin. I really liked the name and the deal was great. I decided to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and try something I'd always wanted to try.
Here are the benefits I got from going to a class today:
-Ran into the partner of a friend I'd lost touch with and we've now agreed to meet for dinner! She said I looked great; I said "thanks" and smiled. She had no clue what she had just done for me!
-Saw people who were larger than me coming out of the class prior to mine, giving me optimism, as I had some concerns because I'm not in the shape I used to be in.
-The instructor's attitude right from the beginning was THE BEST. We had 8 new people. We were told there is no judging, to do the best we could and if there was something we couldn't do, just keep pedaling at whatever pace was best for us. She encouraged us to NOT focus on what we couldn't do, but on what we ARE DOING!
-I got an EXCELLENT workout.
-I got a full body workout because while pedaling, we did reverse crunches, used hand weights to work the biceps, triceps and shoulders.
-I tested my limits slowly, but surely, and realized I could do even more and go even harder than I did today!
-Great stretching at the end of class. We even did upward dogs over the bike handles!
-When I looked in the mirror at the end of class, my face was flushed with good color and my eyes were sparkling! I LOOKED like I got a great workout and I felt good.
I signed up for the Sunday afternoon class at 2:30 tomorrow!! Their weekend schedule works best for me so I'll use my Groupon 5 classes on weekends!!