Overcoming Inertia · 26 July 2013

The main reason people do not get fit is not because they are lazy, it is because they cannot overcome inertia.

We say that a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest. In physics, we call that tendency inertia. We need to remember that inertia works with people as well as inanimate object.

The toughest thing about starting anything new is just starting.

Beginning is half done. Just do it. These are phrases or slogans we use to remind ourselves that we can accomplish anything when we just get out there and start. When we get over our own inertia.

I remember long ago wanting to have a daily routine. I wanted to run or lift weights or do something every day to get fit. But I never did. If I started, something would happen and all too soon I could not find the time anymore. The routine never stuck. Then, I decided I would quit trying.

What I decided to do was a few pushups and sit-ups. I alternated between them every day when I got up for work. Just a five minute routine. I started years ago and even though I have changed the exercises and take a little more time, I rarely miss a day.

Even though I have my five-minute fitness routine, I am still trying to get into an exercise regime. I am trying to figure out what my running schedule should be. I am working to get some basketball in each week. I am wondering if I can do some weight training too. In truth, I am not quite where I want to be in terms of exercise, but I have started. And as they say, starting is half done.

It would be great if we could all have some grandiose training schedule. But when it comes right down to it, we just need to start if we really want to get fit and be healthy. We really just need to do a few exercises each day in order to overcome inertia and start getting fit.

[Note: If this sounds familiar, it is because I wrote about the other side of inertia back in November 2012.]

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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