Take a Shot!
Five things you should chance it on
While base jumpers have no problem putting their lives on the line to leap off of (super high) cliffs, many of us think asking out a cute stranger is too big of a risk. But attempting to protect ourselves from possible rejection, embarrassment, or whatever we fear can also make for a boring, unsatisfying life. Maybe a little gambling is all you need to turn a yawner lifestyle into a fun, fulfilling one.
Now’s the time to place your bets, says Jake Steinfeld, creator of the Body by Jake line of fitness equipment, and author of Take a Shot! A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship, and a Really Crazy Adventure (Hay House, 2012). One of his biggest risks—creating Major League Lacrosse during the ‘90s when most professional sports leagues were fledgling—paid off: The MLL is now in its twelfth season. The trainer believes there are many ways everyone can take chances—small or big—every day to improve their lives and be happier, less stressed, and maybe even a few pounds lighter. Start with these five wagers and be ready to cash in.
No matter how stalled your life may seem, you can always get a move on! Not only will it stimulate your muscles in new ways, it will also excite your brain, boosting your outlook and spurring new ideas. “Being active is good for both your mind and your body,” Steinfeld says. And revamping your workout doesn’t have to mean lifting pounds or hiking Machu Picchu, he adds. "If you like to walk, start there. Take a walk every day or as often as you can around your neighborhood. Or if you like to swim, do that. Ride a bike. Just do something! There are plenty of choices out there, so get moving and make it fun."