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Go ahead, try something new—it’s good for you

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Getting out of your normal routine can be sometimes feel uncomfortable but trying new things can bring a host of benefits. Whether you’re taking on a mental, physical or spiritual challenge, doing something new can help you:

  • Get to know yourself better
  • Stimulate creativity
  • Build confidence and boost your self-esteem
  • Develop a sense of accomplishment
  • Meet new people
  • Find a new passion or discover a hidden talent

When it comes to trying a new workout, Kirk Erickson, Director of Healthy Living at the Forest Lake Y says, “Consistency is good, but the return on investment over time lessens when you do the same activity over and over again. You get good at what you do a lot.”

Although getting into a routine can help with discipline, and some sports activities require muscle memory—like perfecting your golf swing, when it comes to fitness, it’s helpful to change things up.

For example, if you spend all your exercise time running a treadmill, your body will adapt to doing that activity and using those muscles. It becomes much harder to improve your fitness level than if you change up your workouts and confuse or challenge your muscles to adapt to a new activity.

Today’s the day—sign up for that creative writing class you’ve been eying, try a 10-minute meditation or register for that adventurous obstacle race you’ve heard about—take a risk to try something new!