How Big is Your Brave?

jump smile As someone who does CrossFit and yoga regularly, two types of exercise that people are often afraid to try, you might think that I would be up for anything. I definitely have my own set of, at times, irrational fears of fitness though. So when my friend Melanie asked me if I wanted to try out a fitness class at a trampoline park I replied yes, but really meant oh my god absolutely not. Heights, jumping... No thank you.  It was literally only two weeks ago that I was finally able to do 20" box jumps in a CrossFit workout, and I've been Crossfitting for a year and a half! I don't like jumping on things, I don't like jumping off of things, I don't like heights... a trampoline park sounds like nothing I would want to do.  But I knew I had to give it a shot. I had a blast! fun jump I don't know if it will be something I will do regularly but I am more than glad that I gave it a try. Fitness should be fun! If you don't enjoy yourself you won't want to continue working out. You have to try lots of things and find out what works for you. Even if it seems scary, intimidating, or like you won't be able to keep up, give it a shot you'll probably surprise yourself. Here are some tips for finding your brave with fitness. 1) Go with a friend. Having someone else there can definitely ease some of the awkwardness and fear that you might experience when trying something new. Especially if that person is new to it as well. You'll be able to support each other and you won't be the only newbie there. 2) Try a beginner class first. In almost all forms of fitness classes there are different levels you can take.  Most yoga studios offer beginer series' and different level classes; CrossFit has an "on ramp" series that teaches you all the basics; and even the trampoline class had a timeslot for beginners. 3) Don't go in with expectations... except to have fun! When trying something new you can't expect to be a pro at it from the start.  Just go in ready to have a good time, be open to learning and having fun, and you might end up finding your new favorite way to get in some healthy movement.