Variety is the spice of life but trying out a new activity can be intimidating. Here are our top 5 tips for getting started.
- Do Some Research
Take some time to find an activity offering that is right for you. For example, if you’ve never been hiking before and you have knee problems, completing a very long hike with a large elevation gain is probably not a good choice. This also applies to things like spin classes, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, etc. There are usually many different styles of classes and each instructor will have their own approach. Take some time to find the right level and fit for you – your body will thank you later.
- Ask Questions
If you have narrowed it down to a couple options and you still aren’t sure, ask! Most instructors and facilities will be happy to talk to you about their offerings, your concerns, and they can make suggestions about what could be a good starting place. Once you get comfortable, you can move on to other styles or offerings. If you have any previous injuries that could limit you in the class, make sure you tell the instructor when you show up to class. This will save you a lot of (bad) pain later!
- Check Out the Right Equipment
Not every activity needs special equipment but some do, whether it be grippy socks for aerial yoga or cycling shoes for spin. Most facilities will have equipment for you to borrow or rent but you may have to purchase your own. If you do, see if you can rent some from another location first. That way you can make sure you actually enjoy the activity before taking the plunge.
- Stay Open Minded
The activity won’t always be what you expected. I hear this most often when my clients try out yoga for the first time. They expect it to be all airy-fairy and hippy but they usually come out of the class enjoying their time and eager to sign up again. Try to stay open minded through the class and just go with it (unless you are going to injure yourself). Take some time afterwards to reflect on your experience and understand why you did or didn’t like it.
- Try It Again
This is particularly important if you didn’t have the best experience the first time. Try the activity again with a different partner, different teacher, studio, etc. Sometimes you just don’t mesh with the environment but another place could be the perfect fit. After reflecting on why you didn’t like it, voice that to the next (or same) facility when you try it again. They might be able to make some suggestions to help you find something that’s a better fit.
by Lauren @beneFIT Lifestyle