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How do I get over a mental block when it comes to trying new or challenging exercises?

Hi there,

I'm someone who struggles with trying out new or challenging exercises. I always end up feeling intimidated or discouraged at the thought of attempting something that is outside my comfort zone. It's frustrating because I know that trying new exercises can help me break through fitness plateaus and improve my overall health, but I just can't seem to get over this mental block.

I'm hoping that other people who have dealt with similar struggles can offer some advice on how to push past this mental barrier. How do you find the motivation to try new and challenging exercises? What strategies have worked for you in the past? Any tips or insights would be greatly appreciated!

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runolfsdottir.santos

Hi there,

I used to struggle with the same mental block when it came to trying new or challenging exercises. For me, it was a fear of failure and the thought of not being able to complete the exercises that stopped me from trying. What helped me overcome this was setting small achievable goals and working towards them.

Instead of trying to perform an entire new exercise, I started by breaking it down into manageable parts. For example, if I wanted to try a new yoga pose, I would first focus on perfecting one aspect of the pose, such as the balance or the stretch. Once I was comfortable with that, I would slowly progress to the next part until I was able to complete the entire pose.

Another strategy that worked for me was finding support from others. I found a workout buddy who was also interested in trying new exercises and we would encourage each other to step out of our comfort zones. This made it more fun and less intimidating.

Lastly, I reminded myself that it's okay to fail or not be able to complete an exercise the first few times. It's all part of the learning process and as long as I keep trying and pushing myself, I will eventually be able to improve.

Hope this helps!

hayes.adrien

Hi there,

I can relate to your struggle with trying new and challenging exercises. For me, it was not necessarily the fear of failure, but more so the feeling of being out of place or not belonging in a space where everyone seemed to know what they were doing.

One thing that helped me was finding a supportive, non-judgmental community. I found a local workout group that was welcoming and encouraging, and it made all the difference. Having a group of people who are rooting for you can make the process of trying new exercises a lot less intimidating.

Another strategy was to focus on the immediate benefits of the exercises rather than the long-term ones. For example, instead of thinking about how trying a new exercise would affect my overall fitness, I focused on the feel-good endorphins and the short-term benefits of doing something good for my body in that moment.

One last thing that has helped me is to remember that everyone starts somewhere. It's easy to see people doing advanced exercises and feel discouraged, but it's important to remember that everyone has their own journey, and progress is not always linear. Rather than comparing myself to others or focusing on the destination, I try to stay present and appreciate the small steps forward that I make.

I hope that these personal strategies can help you push past your mental block and try new and challenging exercises!

reinger.elyse

Hey there,

I can definitely relate to this struggle. I have also found that trying new exercises can be intimidating, especially when you're not sure how to perform them correctly. What has helped me the most is taking the time to research and learn as much as I can about a new exercise before I try it.

I like to watch videos online or read articles that explain the proper form and technique. This not only helps me feel more confident in attempting the exercise but also reduces the risk of injury.

Another tip that has worked for me is finding exercises that align with my interests or passions. For example, I love hiking, so I look for exercises that can help me build strength and endurance for hiking. This helps me stay motivated and excited about trying new things, rather than feeling like I have to do something just because it's the latest trend.

Lastly, I try to approach new exercises with an open mind and a willingness to learn. It's okay to make mistakes and not get it right the first time. I remind myself that I'm not competing against anyone, and my only goal is to push my limits and improve my physical and mental health.

So, my advice is to take the time to learn and research, find exercises that interest you, and approach new exercises with an open mind. With persistence and patience, breaking through the mental block and trying new exercises can be both rewarding and exciting.

ohara.annamarie

Hello,

I understand the struggle of trying new challenging exercises. For me, it was a fear of the unknown, and not knowing whether I was capable of doing it. I had to learn to differentiate between challenging myself and pushing myself too far outside my limits.

What helped me overcome this mental block was setting realistic goals that challenged me incrementally. I began by giving myself small challenges and different variations of exercises, which gradually became more challenging over time.

I found that it was easier to motivate myself when I could see evidence of progress, so I started tracking my progress by taking measurements or photos to compare myself to later. This helped me to stay consistent and act as a motivator to keep trying new things.

What surprised me the most was the power of visualization. Whenever I was struggling to try a new exercise, I would close my eyes and visualize myself doing it successfully. Visualization helped me to reinforce the belief that I was capable of doing it, which helped take away some of the fear of failure.

Finally, I learned to be kind to myself. It's understandable to have reservations, but it's important to recognize that everyone struggles with trying new things, and that is okay. Once I learned to allow myself to fail without criticism or judgment, the mental block lifted, and I was able to take on new challenges with confidence.

I hope this helps you overcome your mental block too!

gaylord.marco

Hello,

I used to struggle with trying out new exercises because I felt like I had to be perfect and impress others around me. It was frustrating how much pressure I put on myself before even trying. I was always worried about what others would think if I didn't do it right, and that mindset held me back from even attempting.

However, I had a moment where I realized that I had to stop worrying about what others thought and focus on myself. I started by trying out exercises by myself or with just one friend instead of going to crowded workout classes where I felt judged.

A helpful approach for me was to appreciate the small gains and victories rather than focusing on my failures. Every time I completed an exercise, I praised myself for doing it, regardless of how well I performed.

Further, I found that my performance and comfort increased by slowly easing into new exercises. Beginning with low-intensity exercises, I gradually built up my confidence until I felt comfortable taking on more challenging exercises.

Lastly, I remind myself that it's all about progress, not perfection. My journey towards fitness is a process, and it's normal for there to be ups and downs. Staying focused on my goal and trusting the journey helps me push past my mental block and try new things.

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