“Inertia; The first law of Fitness”
By Retta Zumpone
I know I know inertia is really Newton’s First Law of Physics not fitness, but I cannot help but draw out the comparison. I do not know that Sir Isaac, as we will refer to him from on out considered it quite this way, but exercise really exemplifies the law of motion. The human body is of course affected by the principles of physics as we go about our daily life. I am simply suggesting you apply said law as your fitness “mantra,” aiding you on your journey toward overall health and wellness.
To get the ball rolling so to speak, remember momentum is on your side. It always starts with the best of intentions, but inevitably plans tend to fall by the wayside. Daily life as well as unexpected stressors, creep in to throw a wrench in your schedule forcing you to abandon today, what we feel we can make up for tomorrow. Be careful in deciding what things are not so important. Exercising should be a daily regiment, the same way you would take an important medication prescribed by a physician. Think of it as your exercise prescription. The warning label reads; Aim to break a sweat daily, for a minimum of thirty minutes, take with water, alternating between sessions of Cardio and strength training as tolerated. If you miss a dose, do not double up, simply take the next opportunity to work out and resume your regular schedule. Like all medications, there is the risk of certain side effects if not taken properly. There is the risk of injury from either improper technique or overuse, so it is important to take on the advice of a Personal trainer if you are a novice, or a just getting back into fitness routine. Through extensive research, the field of exercise science and physiology is constantly evolving, which gives us a better understanding of human movement, and how it relates to performance in certain physical situations. There are so many new and emerging fitness trends, and a fitness professional will be able to guide you through a myriad of experiences geared not only to your strengths and weaknesses, but likes and dislikes as well. If terms like Plyometrics, Interval training, and Myofacial release sound foreign to you, first see your physician, then seek out the advice of a fitness instructor.
Other possible side effects are actually the benefits of exercise. Yes there will be some soreness, but when you consider that soreness means you know exactly what muscle groups worked the hardest, bask in the satisfaction that you have started your journey towards improved fitness. Other benefits will be more subtle, and take a little more effort to notice. If you work towards building lean muscle mass, you may not see too much downward movement on the scale, but you may notice a little more body sculpt as you tone and replace some of your fat stores, which in turns helps burn more fat during and following exercise. Notice how your clothes may fit differently, or maybe you will need to choose a newnotch on your belt, as you lose inches around your waistline. You may begin to notice you have better balance or tend to sit up straighter. You may realize that with more exercise, you actually feel more energetic, more like moving! Idleness feeds idleness, while activity feeds on activity. Sir Isaac coined it so succinctly. An object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest tends to stay at rest. Your body is the object, the only one you get, so get the ball rolling. Remembering momentum is always on your side, choose to feed the action, not the idleness.