For years, my fitness activities were solely based on iron: primarily lifting it and putting it back down over and over and over again. I loved the way it made me feel both mentally and physically, but last year something changed.
I became bored doing the same thing day in and day out. I'd officially lost my gym mojo. So when a girlfriend of mine asked if I would come to Circus School with her, my answer was a resounding "YES!"
I spent the next couple of months maneuvering my way around the aerial silks and it was incredible. My desire to move my body was rejuvenated. It made me want to get stronger so I could do fun tricks, and it tested me mentally in ways regular fitness hadn't done lately. I was almost (dare I say it), graceful!
After a few months, I had to say goodbye to circus, but I took a ton away from stepping outside my routine and into an unfamiliar world.
Here are my top three reasons why you should step out of your "box" and venture into the unknown!
1. Finding new activities that emphasize your weaknesses (and as a result, make them better) are the best things of all.
I can lift a lot of weight but for the life of me, lifting my own body weight has always been a struggle. The aerial silks seemed like the worst possible thing for me to try because if I had trouble lifting myself, I wouldn't get to do any of the fun stuff. I practiced and practiced and practiced. I was reminded every time I went to class just how hard I found it. But then, it got better. My inner monkey came out and I could climb!
Had I not been put in a position that constantly put me face-to-face with my weakness, it would never have improved, leaving me forever on the ground.