When you feel this good, there’s no going back

Becoming healthy and fit can be difficult…

In fact, a great percentage of Americans are neither healthy nor physically fit.

No matter what the reasons are for this, overcoming one thing could change it all — and that one thing is inertia…

Overcoming inertia means changing your current state by overcoming the inability to move forward.

But what exactly is inertia?

The dictionary has two basic definitions for inertia…

1) “A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.” This is the reason many people are stuck in their present state of ill-health. They are inactive or unchanging in their actions, behaviors or outlook.

2) “A property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” This physics definition explains why things never seem to change, when different things are not being done.

What these two definitions of inertia imply is that if your health is suffering now, you cannot become healthier or more fit if you do not change what you are currently doing. After all, you know what they say about  insanity… it’s “doing the same things again and again yet expecting different results.”

But when those habits become healthier, the game changes…

So, this is how it feels…

To overcome inertia you must do something and do it repeatedly. Yet once you get going the inert force to overcome becomes less and less. Like a car going from parked to 60 mph, it begins slowly and then once the speed limit is reached, it’s like coasting along at the same speed. With health and fitness, once you get up and get moving, or adopt a new diet, the effort to continue doing so becomes easier and easier each week.

When I begin making changes in myself, I find it useful and motivating to acknowledge how I feel about it. When trying to do cardio for an extra 15 minutes than I am used to, it will be difficult. Rather than give up, I push through it and say, “So, this is how it feels to keep my heart rate elevated and push my lungs for 15 more minutes.” When I decide I will try to do another 10 push-ups, I will push through the difficulty by saying, “So, this is how it feels to do more push-ups than I thought I could.”

When you begin a new habit of eating, choosing more fresh and whole foods and less refined or prepared foods, it can be difficult. First, you need to change your thinking about food. Next, you have to become familiar with the better foods to consume. Third, you may even have to drive to a different grocery store. All of this requires change and discomfort. But once you go to that new store a few times, it is no longer “new” or “unfamiliar.” Once you get used to eating more whole fresh foods, your meals are no longer unfamiliar to you. And each time you shop or prepare or eat the new foods you can say, “So, this is how it feels to go out of my way to eat healthier.”

Once you know how something will feel, and make it through, you will no longer fear it. Yes, most people do nothing, remain at rest and unchanged because they fear the effort and the unfamiliar feelings brought about by change. Your reality changes once you acknowledge your feelings and use that acknowledgement to help motivate you toward change. With this, overcoming inertia is not only manageable but becomes easier and easier until the new healthier you is no longer the old unhealthy you.

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Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.