Change will do you good
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.