One might ask what the difference is between someone who is a fitness machine and someone who never works out. What’s the big secret? Is it genetics, or a pill? Good try, my fellow Duhawk! But the answer is inertia, or, in other words, motivation! The term is small, but the concept is large, highlighting a huge number of minute actions creating a catalyst for change. One step in the right direction creates an opportunity to take another and soon you will be on your way to the healthy lifestyle you desire.
Motivation might seem like a relatively new term in the fitness industry, but the topic has been discussed all the way back to Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo’s time. Galileo first introduced the concept of inertia and Newton expanded it, addressing the law of motion. This is where Bill Nye the Science Guy comes in. Newton’s first law talks about how when something is in motion, it tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. The same applies to people, as we engage in a healthy lifestyle. One healthy choice leads to another, which leads to another and eventually they become healthy habits. WHEW! Sounds easy, right? It is! Well, if you do it the right way. Inertia encompasses emotions and the mind, making it imperative to make sure your mind is in the right place when attempting to change. One of the most crucial parts of change is finding your “why.” This applies to any attempt to change, not just diet and exercise changes. Your “why” is the reason you want to change in the first place. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds by Christmas, then your “why” could be “to be even more confident in my own skin,” or “to decrease my risk for Cardiovascular disease or type two diabetes.” If your “why” is strong enough, then no obstacle will be too big. There will be nothing put in your way that you can’t step on, demolish and get past. Do you remember all the excuses you once had? Having a strong enough “why” allows you say “buh-bye” to your excuses and temptations. One of my favorite quotes is: “What you want now is not nearly as important as what you want most.” Small changes build up to major results and create momentum for success. Once real energy has been expended to alter an existing inertia, equal and opposite forces will usually act to inhibit one’s good intentions. Inertia can, however, work in one’s favor. As we talked about earlier, a body already in motion tends to stay in motion, therefore, if a healthy lifestyle has been adopted, the ability to sustain that direction is generally improved. Finally! Sir Isaac Newton’s law is on your side!
Always remember that someone out there has had to overcome more obstacles than you, yet persevered and accomplished goals that no one thought they could accomplish. If there’s something you want to change about yourself, or if there’s a big goal you’ve had your eyes on, but have been too afraid to go get, consider this your motivation to get after it. I believe in YOU! Find your “why,” get your inertia rolling and take some advice from my main man MC Hammer and be “too legit to quit.”
Until next time, your helper in health,
The Fanny Pack Girl