Remember the satisfaction you felt after doing something that scared you or made you nervous? It’s one of the best feelings you can have. As a fitness lover, I believe it’s important to do workouts that scare you a little.Not only will it spice up your routine and help you with your fitness goals but it’ll also make you a better person.
In our day to day lives, we don’t always get the opportunity to do something scary. With work, family, and friends , it doesn’t really come to mind. I’ve always heard how moving beyond your comfort zone will make you grow as a person. One way to move out of your comfort zone is to do a workout that scares you.
Fitness Benefits: It’s pretty obvious that doing a challenging workout will help you achieve better results with your fitness through the stress it puts on your body. There’s a mental side to this too. By doing and finishing a workout that initially scared you, you build up the confidence to do other ” scary “workouts. The more often you challenge yourself, the further along you’ll be in achieving your fitness goals.
Doing a workout that scares you will also revitalize your love for fitness. Excitement and anxiety are very similar emotions. You’re more likely to be into a workout that excites you. Personally, the idea of doing heavy deadlifts excites me more than doing wrist curls. Maybe it’s the level of danger involved that raises my excitement levels.
The main fitness benefit to doing a workout that scares you is mental. Nothing will build mental toughness like doing something that scares you. In order to have any great achievement you’ll need to be mentally tough. You don’t need to become a world class athlete but being mentally tough will help you achieve any goal faster.
Mental toughness has been a key factor in the achievement of many fitness goals such as running a marathon and squatting 600 pounds. Don’t be surprised if you start setting big goals as a result of doing ” scary ” workouts.
Things To Consider: One thing that’s important is to make sure the workout contributes to your goal. Don’t do a workout just because it sounds hard. If there’s no benefit to the workout, the level of satisfaction won’t be as high as if you did a challenging workout that moves you closer to your goal. Also, use common sense. It wouldn’t be smart to do a high volume leg workout if you sprained your knee the week before.
Another thing is to make sure you have good form before trying to go heavy or do a large amount of volume on an exercise.There’s a difference between challenging yourself and being reckless.
Closing Thoughts: If you’re looking to spice up your fitness technique or build the type of mentality that will help you achieve great things in your life and fitness, do a workout that scares you. At the very least, you’ll feel a sense of thrill. At best, you’ll realize the only thing holding you back is the limitations you place in your mind.
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