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Two thinky thoughts for you to think about

February 2, 2010

1) In order to increase your physical fitness, you must work outside of your comfort zone when it comes to exercise.

2) There is a giant chasm between ‘outside of your comfort zone’ and ‘please, won’t somebody do me a favor and kill me.’

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  1. February 2, 2010 10:31 pm

    Here, here.

    I’m currently taking a class in tribal fusion belly dance, which is way more muscle endurance than I’m used to. I’m definitely sore in places I didn’t know could BE that sore for a day or two after every class.

    But I love it. It’s uplifting to see my body do things it couldn’t do the week before. Not because I have changed size or weight, but simply because I was outside of my comfort zone.

  2. February 4, 2010 10:23 am

    I realized that I needed to start pushing myself out of my comfort zone at the gym to get better results, so last night I did for the first time. It was hard at first, and I wanted to give up, but I am so glad that I didn’t.

  3. February 4, 2010 11:14 am

    Is it awful to say that I have a really hard time finding that chasm? If I don’t feel sick after a workout, I don’t really feel like I have Worked Out. (Also, please say “Worked Out” in your best TV announcer voice, because that is how it sounds in my head.) I’m working on that (ha!), but it’s something I have a hard time really, truly believing, deep down.

    Argh.

  4. meerkat permalink
    July 9, 2010 6:36 am

    Actually, the “kill me now” zone starts well inside my comfort zone, because I am one of those people who associates deliberate exercise with punishment and humiliation. I think there must be a lot of individual variation.

    I swear I didn’t bring in that Japanese porn-spam comment above.

  5. November 22, 2010 7:06 am

    It can be tricky, too: I was outside my comfort zone for running intensity/speed AND length of time for a while before I found out I had to be well inside my comfort zone for intensity, but outside it for length of time if I wanted to improve.

    With my shiny new heart rate monitor, it turns out that “outside my comfort zone” equals “too many beats per minute according to every heart rate formula” (>170). Still figuring out what “zone” I should really be in.

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