Shape (Malaysia) - - GET FIT -

I pride my­self on my pas­sion­filled life­style, but the re­al­ity is that, most days, I op­er­ate on au­topi­lot. We all do. But you can turn that aware­ness into an op­por­tu­nity to make a small change that has a big im­pact on your day. Hear me out: I once wore a pair of new teeny, lacy un­der­wear that was a gift— my typ­i­cal go-to. Say­ing yes when I had al­ways said no made me feel more open to things. I took a yoga class I’d never tried. I had a fruity tea in­stead of my Amer­i­cano. To my sur­prise, I loved both.

Now you try it. One idea: Choose the front row in your next fit­ness class, then watch it shift your mind-set.

You’ll rise to the chal­lenge

There’s a level of ac­count­abil­ity when you’re front and cen­ter. I can prom­ise you, know­ing that the in­struc­tor and other peo­ple be­hind you may be watch­ing means you’ll work harder and bet­ter. Plus, your ef­fort may in­spire some­one else to do the same.

You’ll find your swag­ger

When you walk out of there, you’ll be hap­pier and more con­fi­dent—I want you to use that en­ergy in the rest of your day. Crush your work meet­ing. Rally friends for drinks later. Work what­ever room you walk into.

You’ll be more ad­ven­tur­ous

Like me, you prob­a­bly also cook the same things out of habit. Go ahead, ex­per­i­ment a lit­tle. New tastes can ex­pand your palate and give you ideas for rein­vent­ing old fa­vorites. You’ll see there’s so much out there that you can try—and so much more you’re ca­pa­ble of cook­ing!

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