It’s true: A body in motion will stay in motion, while a body at rest will remain at rest.
You can’t argue with Sir Isaac Newton.
I have been learning this law of motion over and over again this week. Because I’m pretty much on my own this month, with no clinical duties every day, I have the luxury of doing things on my own time.
But, this luxury also allows me to lie on the couch all day long, letting my restful body stay at rest.
I think I’ve said this before, but I tend to get WAY more done when I’m busy. When I have tons of time, I like to squander it away watching Bravo all day long. So this past Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, my couch and TV have gotten more use than they did all last month. It’s bananas how lazy I can get so quickly.
Luckily, I recognize this about myself and can snap out of it. But it makes me realize how easy it can be for others who aren’t so health conscious to fall into a sluggish trap. When you get home and immediately go to the couch, it is SO hard to get back up. When you aren’t accustomed to working out every morning, or every day for that matter, it seems impossible to get the energy to do it.
And on the flip side, when you’re body is in motion (working out, staying active) it’s SO easy to stay that way! I fly through the day actively getting things done and don’t even think twice about it.
SO here is my promise to myself and to you to keep my body in motion.
Making this promise to myself has made me think about other things in my day I should promise myself to do.
Do you ever think about your “perfect” day, or the ideal person you’d like to be? Ideally for me, I’d like to wake up, meditate, workout, get ready, eat breakfast without technology intruding, and begin my day. I’d like to work steadily through the day, staying active, eating every 3 hours. I’d like to come home and go for a long walk, or do another short workout. Then have dinner peacefully- again without technology distracting me. I would spend some quality time with Kyle, read/study, and then go to bed.
But in reality, I wake up and run to the kitchen for coffee. I spend 20 minutes checking Facebook/mindless internet activity that’s mostly trash. Maybe I’ll study for a bit, maybe I’ll work out. I’ll shower and get dressed, then scarf down breakfast in front of the TV or in front of my computer. I’ll work through the day, sometimes skipping meals and snacking on candy instead. I’ll come home and plop down on the couch, never to get up again until I drag myself away from more trashy TV and go to bed.
There’s SUCH a difference between these two days! And what I’ve noticed, is that it’s easier to fall into day #2. Day #1 takes effort. But maybe, just maybe, if I get into the motion of that day, I can stay in motion with it! Maybe it will get easier?
For now, I think I will “fake it till I make it”. I will pretend I’m the most zen/peaceful/healthy lady as I meditate and quietly enjoy my meals without E! network interrupting.
Being the healthy person you want to be isn’t always easy! But for me, recognizing when I’ve slipped into habits I don’t like is the big way to change.
I write all this because I think lots and lots of people struggle with these same types of things! I hope to tell my patients one day that they can get out of ruts they may be in, and change their routine. It gets easier! Even when your body has been at rest for a while, once you get moving, you can keep moving. Small actions each day add up to big change.
Are you more productive when you’re busy?
How do you stay in motion?
Do you believe in “faking it until you make it”?
What’s your “ideal day”?