Objects in Motion
I wrote this a while back...
Humans are generally creatures of habit. Every day I train at Shoreline park and every day I see the same people walking the same dogs. Every morning my friends go to the same coffee shops and every weekend they go to the same bars. They don’t really even think or debate about it. Because it is already a part of their routine. Heck, we can break it down even smaller…how many of you always put the same leg in first when putting on your pants? Routine, my friends.
Why should exercising be any different? If you can go to the same coffee shop every day, why not go to the same park, or the same gym, every day? Can’t afford a gym? How about a daily lunchtime or evening walk? Sure, the first few days or few weeks might be challenging, but after that it becomes routine. And that is something that we are good at.
Earlier today I worked out at the SB Tennis Club. I shared the fitness space with a trainer friend of mine who was working with a client and they were finishing up their core strengthening while I was stretching out. I offered a few words of encouragement and in between plank sets the woman turned to me and said, “You know, I do really well with a little competition.” Not one to shy away from a challenge, I happily joined in on the next plank. Even though we were both tired from our workouts, with the healthy fuel of some friendly competition, we were both easily able to hold the plank for the pre-determined minute and fifteen seconds. That may not seem very long, but here’s the kicker: she’s 83 years-old! This spectacular woman casually told me that the key to her fitness success is that she started doing fun physical activities as a child and has never stopped moving.
This is not a new concept. It’s simple physics (Newton’s first law of motion): an object in motion stays in motion, while an object at rest stays at rest.
Be the object in motion.