A recent guest blogger claimed to be allergic to exercise. It is the one thing Michelle tries not to do in a day. She knows she needs to move her body, but it is a struggle. She makes herself move to positively impact her physical fitness. Read her fitbit difference for inspiration.

Exercise is good for our body.

Newton said:

Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

An object in motion tends to stay in motion.

We know Newton’s First Law of Motion is true. Why then, is it so hard to start exercising?  Let’s uncover what it takes to get going and keep moving.

Cut yourself some slack if you are new to exercise. A little self-love goes a long way. The shape reflected in the mirror most likely didn’t bring disdain overnight. It happened over time. Those extra scoops on the dinner plate, the all-you-can-eat buffet, finishing the kid’s plates, all helped. You don’t have a character flaw, so give yourself a lot of compassion. Grace will go a long way as you get moving. It will take time, so love yourself, and concentrate on motivation to keep going. Long term health benefits won’t show up right away, so here are some short term advantages to keep you going: immediate-instead-of-long-term-exercise-benefits-for-better-motivation

Every object at rest tends to stay in that state of rest unless acted on by an external force. F=ma

Let’s break that down.

  1. It accelerates in the direction you push it.
  2. If you push it twice as hard it accelerates twice as much
  3. If it gets twice the mass it accelerates half as much.

If it is math you want to explore, you can do that here.

Let’s have fun with it.

Power = weight X action

A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless something changes. A powerful change happens when the body acts. It is not okay to stay where you are. Go on offense, not defense. Move! Movement = strength = power. The more you move the more powerful you become.

Healthy living is a thing you improve at, not a thing you do. Exercise is not a war it is a battle. It is a lifelong growing process that starts with a step. A person is not amazing at a thing the moment he or she begins. It takes practice and dedication. A desire to move forward is necessary to change. The process comes with setbacks and successes. It is a lifelong battle. Need a program? Find options here: exercise you’ll actually stick with.  

Find something you enjoy doing, start there. Often people start exercising as a resolution and pick an activity they have to do. If you choose running, spinning, yoga, but hate the activity at its core it is easy to get off course. An illness, an out of town appointment, working late, any change of schedule offers a reason to quit the thing you hate and never look back.

Focus on what you can do right now. Researchers say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Don’t worry about strength training in the beginning. Maybe it’s a walk around the neighborhood, a seven-minute app on your smartphone, a video game in the living room once a week. Short workouts won’t offer a muscular physique. Once a week is better than doing nothing, and the goal is to develop a habit that you build on. If you need accountability, then commit to a workout buddy as an extra nudge that their physical activity depends on you staying active too.  

Now you have a foundation, momentum, and power.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

If you choose step, the dancing, shaking, and grooving from a platform puts Newton’s Third Law into motion. When exercise calls for running, jumping, squatting from a platform the Earth exerts the same force back up at us. Force is minimized by shock absorbing footwear that supports your movements. Read more about obeying the laws.

Nothing will get you moving but the Spirit? Here you go!

Philippians 3:14: I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.

Impossible things happen through small steps. Get moving, and experience freedom.

How do you move, or are you reluctant to move? Please comment and share your experience.