Losing Weight – Overcoming Inertia and Becoming Active
Inertia is a state where you do nothing and your current state is unchanged.
This can apply to a specific area of your life in general. It depends on how driven and active you are.
When it comes to losing weight, inertia will be one of the biggest hurdles you’ve to overcome.
Most of us know that we need to exercise in order to boost our metabolism, burn fat and lose weight.
In fact, just getting off the couch and going to the gym becomes a Herculean task. We’d rather vegetate and sprout roots sitting where we are.
So, why is inertia so difficult to overcome?
Newton’s first law states that “an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion.”
What that means is that as long as you are not exerting any force to make a change, you will not change.
You must apply more force than usual (in this case it will be energy and determination) to get up and get going.
It will take a lot of effort in the beginning, but once you keep going, you’ll not stop because an object in motion stays in motion.
Why taking off days is not a good idea
If you read the bible, you’d notice that even God worked for 6 days and finally took a day of rest. God worked harder than most people do.
Some people are so accustomed to their old habits that even a day of rest can mess their routine up and sink them into inertia.
Very often, workout programmes suggest taking a one-day break between high intensity interval training sessions.
This means that you should do weight training or just go for a walk on these days.
Even on days that you’ve scheduled as rest days, you should still go for a slow 30-minute walk.
It’s not the activity that matters, but the ‘continuing motion’ that prevents inertia.
Taking a one-day break may make one relaxed and they may contemplate skipping the next day’s workout… and once they do that, they keep skipping workouts and it’s back to square one.
Inertia has set in and you need to start all over to get going.
So, it’s best to just keep on keeping on and lower the pace on days when you’re supposed to be resting.
Going through the motions
It’s inevitable that on some days you’ll just not be in the mood to exercise. This happens to the best of us.
Maybe you have problems at work or the spouse is getting on your nerves and you’re just not feeling good enough to train.
What do you do?
You train anyway, but you tell yourself that you’ll do it for 5 minutes only. That’s it. Just 5 minutes.
It doesn’t matter if you have to drive all the way to the gym only to lift some dumbbells for 5 minutes. Just do it.
What this does is that it prevents inertia from setting in because you went through the motions. If you’re still not in the mood after 5 minutes, you can go home.
In most cases, you’ll carry on with the full workout since you’re already there… and you’ll feel much better when it’s done.
This technique applies to any exercise programme whether you’re training at home or at the gym or outdoors.
Just 5 minutes will prevent inertia. That’s all you need to do.
To conclude, just know that the hardest part of working out, is getting started.
Inertia may hit you once and you get over it – and exercising becomes a part of your daily routine.
Or it can hit you daily before your workouts.
If it’s daily, just use the 5-minutes technique and you’ll overcome it.
In time you’ll develop the habit of exercising. Focus on getting over the inertia and you’ll progress in all that you do.
“That’s why many fail – because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.” – W. Clement Stone