Change will do you good

Shape (Malaysia) - - Get Fit -

Some­times change gets a bad rap. Yes, it can be dif­fi­cult, but it’s also the birth­place of op­por­tu­nity. Or as Pema Chö­drön, a Bud­dhist teacher and nun, ex­plains it: “To be fully alive, fully hu­man, and com­pletely awake is to be con­tin­u­ally thrown out of the nest.” So I chal­lenge you, as I’ve chal­lenged my­self, to em­brace the un­ex­pected.

I moved to Den­ver last sum­mer for my new show, Daily Blast Live, and while I was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity, I hon­estly had no de­sire to up­root my whole life. But through this very dis­rup­tive process, so many un­ex­pected doors have opened for me.

For one, this move to­tally re­freshed my fit­ness rou­tine. I’m now train­ing in the evenings, and I’ve added hik­ing and bik­ing, both of which have el­e­vated my pas­sion for move­ment. And know­ing a work­out is wait­ing for me at the end of the day fu­els my drive for it.

The other mas­sive shift has been in “me time.” I have so much more of it! At first, I re­sisted it, think­ing that tak­ing time for my­self was just be­ing lazy. But when I stopped men­tally fight­ing it, I dis­cov­ered all the things I could do just for me, and I’ve never felt bet­ter.

Whether you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a big move as I did, started a new job, or even just had your work­out rou­tine thrown off by a fa­vorite trainer leav­ing, I want you to use that change as an op­por­tu­nity to break into an abun­dance of ad­ven­ture that you never knew ex­isted—un­til now. My trick is to al­ways cap an in­vite to work out with a fun meal or a cof­fee date. I may ask a friend to go on a hike with me and join me for brunch af­ter­ward. Even if it takes a lit­tle brib­ing to be­gin with, if you can get peo­ple to open their eyes to how good they feel when they move, they will start to ini­ti­ate work­outs on their own. Be­fore you start any ex­er­cise, re­mind your­self what mus­cle you’re work­ing. You al­ways want to source the move­ment as close as pos­si­ble to where that mus­cle at­taches to the bone. So if you’re do­ing dumb­bell flys, a chest ex­er­cise, in­stead of plac­ing ten­sion and en­ergy in your arms and hands, con­tract your chest first.

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