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Take One Simple Step to Start a Great Routine

Inertia states that “an object will continue in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” Inertia is generally used in physics but it also holds true in sport. Some days it can be tough to motivate yourself to get out the door and do the work. Some days it seems like a nicer idea to stay at rest. Some days you may need that rest but most days you may just need a kick in the butt. Some days all you may need is to break the inertia that is holding you in place. You can do this by simply taking one step or by swimming one length or by riding one block on your bike. If you can get this far then you have changed the inertia from rest to movement and you may be surprised to find that before you know it you have completed the workout.

On a similar note, for some people it can be particularly hard to start a training program or regular exercise routine. This seems to be heightened if you have not been doing one for an extended period of time. Again, inertia is at play. If you are not doing it, it’s easier to keep not doing it. However, the reverse is true- if you are in a great routine then it is easier to keep at it. Simply being aware of this can be enough to help you break the cycle of not doing into one of doing. Once you are in a routine your body will crave it and your life will adjust to accommodate it.

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