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Red Carpet Workouts - Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted on Thursday, 18th March 2010 | find under 

I HAD the absolute pleasure of visiting a potential new venue yesterday for my Pilates at Work courses.  I was at the Alzheimer's Society over at St Katherine's Dock doing a couple of taster sessions and was blown away by the level of interest.  it's always inspiring to see so many people, who want to do something positive about their health. 

But I have to be honest with you, it made me pretty nervous.  I was going to a new potential place of work; meeting 20+ new people; I had no idea who had or hadn't done Pilates before; I really wanted it to work out; and I especially wanted to make a good impression.  Unfortunately on the way to the session all of my trains to London were cancelled because of a signal failure and I ended up sitting in the back of a cab and hoping for the best (thank you Mr Cab Driver who got me there on time).

I was stepping out of my comfort zone. Pushing forwards. Trying something new.

And this is what it's all about when it comes to your cardio workouts.  You might be the sort of person who could run five miles every day, or you might just like to spend your allotted 20-minutes in the gym on the cross-trainer.  The thing is, your body just gets used to it. That's not to say it isn't doing you good but you're not going to change anything by doing what you always did. 

The great news is that it doesn't take any more time to step things up a gear, it just requires the intention and a little more intensity.

Take your regular spin class for example, when did you last turn up the dial to an 'ooh I'm not sure I'll be able to handle this,' level?  Or, on the cross-trainer, when did you last try a new programme? Get some hills in your legs girl.  Or, even better, when you're running, add some feisty hills or sprints into your session.  A simple 40 seconds of intense running followed by 2 minutes recovery always works for me.  And if you're feeling really brave, take on a new class, ask your class instructor for some advice, or sign up for a block of personal training sessions (you're not committed for life you know and it's not admitting defeat to ask for advice from an expert)!

So as I recovered from my intense excursion yesterday by putting my feet up with a cup of tea and Glee repeats, I wondered to myself was it all worth it?  But as emails have poured in today from new recruits, really excited and enthusiastic about the prospect of me coming to their office to take Pilates classes, I realise yes it was. It's an additional branch for my business, with new people and fresh challenges.  And Betties, in the now immortal words of Glee cast .... "Don't stop believin', hold on to that feelin'"


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