Keep Moving Forward

I was chatting with a friend who is struggling with weight and fitness and he said this: “It is an effort to even find the effort.”

This is a feeling many of us have all too often. We are intellectually motivated, love how we feel when we move, but are constantly bogged down by the sense of constant effort.

Newton’s First Law of Motion¬†starts with¬†a body at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Man, this is so true, especially given all that we can do sitting on our ample behinds these days. Is it easier to open a bag of Cheetos and watch American Ninja Warrior or pop up and go play FatMan Ninja Warrior? We all know the answer.

Here’s the good news – Newton’s First Law of Motion goes on to state that a body in motion at a constant velocity will continue in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force. In other words, if you make a habit of moving, you’ll keep moving.

I used to make fun of the whole “it take a village” thing. Who needs a village when the motivation must come from within? I was wrong. So very, very wrong.

The village cannot make the decision to get us moving and physically force us off the couch. However, the village can encourage you when kindness is needed and kick you in the butt when you get too lazy.

The important part is you have to choose the right people to live in your little hamlet. Here’s rule number one – Chose optimists! That energy will go a long way with keeping you moving forward.

Rule number two – Find challenges! The corollary is to invite others along on that journey. Runner’s World has thrown a summer run streak challenge out starting today. Well, I accept. How many others are coming along for the long run? Together, we can CONQUER!