“You need to get out of your comfort zone.”
How often do you hear that as the rationale for doing something different? Have you stopped and wondered what your comfort zone is exactly? Let’s take a moment to define it.
According to wikipedia, the comfort zone is defined as a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.
So basically, it’s going about your regular day doing things that don’t freak you out. It also means you are doing things that aren’t helping you grow because it’s routine.
But is your comfort zone really this black and white? Are you either in or out?
In reality, rather than 2 discrete states, it’s actually a range where the starting point is the outer edge of your current comfort zone and the next point is a place that makes you slightly uncomfortable and the point after that, even more uncomfortable.
Now that I have a toddler (wait, how did that happen?!), I’m now heading toward full-on “I DON’T WANNA!” land. My kiddo is a pretty easygoing guy, but there are definitely times where he has no interest in getting into (or out of!) the tub, having a diaper change, stopping playing with trucks to have dinner, etc. There are various tactics to address these moments: “I hear that you don’t want to do this, and this is why we have to do it anyway…” or “Do you want to bring a truck up with you to eat dinner?” or simply picking up my tiny screaming boy and moving ahead despite his desire to do something else.
Calling all deskworkers, musicians, artists, massage therapists… really anyone that sustains a forward leaning posture for any length of time – this stretch is for you! I know I need it, and am actually doing this stretch between sentences. (I added that picture of me up there to the right so you can get a nice visual.) It’s surprising how effective this stretch is, even though it looks so minimal.
I love this topic and thought I’d blog about it this week for those of you who may be wondering. . .so if you want to experience more from core and spring work and less lower back pain (and who doesn’t?!). . . . . . read on:
Neutral Spine is the form that we at Burn believe is healthiest. I like to think of Neutral Spine as protecting the integrity of your spinal health, as well as respecting and maintaining the way the spine is naturally structured.
Allison Wagner, US Olympic Swimmer and Medalist, speaks with DIAKADI founder/owner Billy Polson about the importance of strengthening the external rotators of the shoulder and demonstrates a few sample exercises.
What traits make a good leader? Among them adaptability, tenacity, vigor, drive, and a team-oriented mindset. . .qualities also shared by athletes of all kinds. Here David Williams, author of The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning expands our view of what makes an athlete, why hiring them is a great idea, and how skills we develop in the gym can also help us improve our work lives.
Commit to Fit | Week 30
Here are a few healthy and delicious meals I’ve made recently, featuring some tasty fall flavors and seasonal produce.
I make chicken in the slow cooker quite frequently, using whatever vegetables look good at the market, plus whatever spices and sauces seem interesting to me at the moment. Some of these experiments are great successes; others not so much. This was one of the recent successes. As with most of my recipes, quantities are pretty flexible, so use the proportions that make sense to you:
In DIAKADI’s recent Trainer Knowledge Sharing on Olympic Lifting, trainers Allan Mateo and Ross Steiner got together to give participants an excellent and thorough lecture-demonstration about Olympic Lifting, leaving lots of time for us to practice the lifts and their components.
Allan and Ross both coach sports teams in this style of lifting in addition to their work with individual clients at DIAKADI. Allan is himself a competitive Olympic weightlifter, and Ross is the strength coach for the Mission High football team, using the lifts to improve their athletic performance. Allan and Ross each have different approach to training in this method, and taking their differences as a positive thing, work together to help athletes learn to lift well and achieve similar goals.