How I love trying new things!
It gets me out of my comfort zone. Makes my day so much more interesting – and fun! It gives me an opportunity to learn new ways that make me feel good. Trying new things gets my brain to think differently, which enables me to take a mental break from work, and the list of things I need to do.
I love trying new things! Especially exercise things. Ever since I was in my teens, I would mix things up. Activities such as running, walking, and classes from @glowfit_bylara that I wrote about here. About a year ago, I started working with this lovely lady, @coach_debra_basch from @ladythefup that has challenged me and really pushed me out of my comfort zone.
How I love that.
Then Lisa called…
“You’ve got to try this! I think I found a movement class that might be a missing piece to plug into your physical wellness, perfect for you!” was all that Lisa Borden (@lisaborden) from Borden Communications (@bordencommunications) needed to say. And I replied “Ok. Just say when.” No need to ask further questions because I’ve known Lisa long enough that she knows what I would like. I trust our relationship and we both learn a lot from each other. I knew that this physical activity would benefit me, along with the great company.
We set our date, where I was going to try Centergy by Mossa (@mossa.letsmove). A complete workout that incorporates pilates, balance, and strength.
A fitness company with that Lisa has no business relationship or affiliation. She explained that it was a well-rounded workout that incorporates multiple tracks based on yoga and pilates, with lots of balance, stretch, mobility, and strength practice I have learned over time, from trying a lot of new things and learning movement with a lot of great people, that variety is the key.
Before we began, I saw something in Lisa’s office that I had to try. As I said earlier, I love to try new things and this balance thing-a-ma-jig that stood before me was calling my name and I had to try it. It was a wooden balance board that was held up by a thick tube that resembled a rolling pin. Without the handles. See the picture above.
Up on the board, I went, not knowing if I would fall flat on my face. Thankfully, Lisa was there to guide me and hold my hand.
Was I able to balance? A little. Not really. But with a little practice, I could maybe balance for a millimeter of a second. And after a few giggles, (side note – how else can you handle trying something new?) it was time to practice what I came for, the Centergy class.
Side by side, we stood on our cork mats, barefoot. A suggestion from Lisa has been to spend more time barefoot to strengthen my feet, legs, and core – pretty much my entire body – much further than if I were to wear conventional athletic shoes.
We listened to the instruction from the three teachers on screen. Each represented a level of difficulty for each move. So it was totally okay if I couldn’t balance my entire body on my pinky finger.
Set to music that I actually liked, the class was divided into sections that worked on balance, strength, and different types of mobility, which finished off with a few minutes of meditation. The hour went by quickly. I felt refreshed. My joints felt looser and I felt more energized.
Was I going to fully commit to a Centergy class each and every day? Replace it with my regular routine? Never lift a barbell again?
No. No and no Ma’am.
That wasn’t ever the purpose of trying this class.
I love trying new things! I love adding things in that feel good, but it has to make sense because I don’t love replacing what works for me. Constant evaluation for constant evolution.
Centergy definitely has a place in my life. How often? Once a week for sure. Maybe even two sessions per week.
It’s easy and it feels good.
Everyone is at a different stage in their life when it comes to fitness. At this point, Centergy is a fantastic addition for me because of the reasons I explained in the first few sentences of this blog.
We are all busy, but I make sure to make time for the people in my life who matter and know what’s good for me. Can you imagine if I simply said “No Lisa, I’m fine with my current workout routine? I don’t need to learn anything new.” Why would I want to shut down something before I even try it? Who knows what will make me feel good unless I try?
I love trying new things like Centergy because as much as I thrive on routine, I also like getting out of my comfort zone and routine. Gives me a mental break from work and that list of things to do… oh my, I will try anything to make that spinning wheel stop.
And Centergy is yet another great place for me to start.
Getting out of your comfort zone is easier than you think. Take your daily walk through a different route. Try a class or sport you never tried before. Grab a friend and try something new. You never know what you will discover.