Be The Movement by Joe Tarkowski

Be the Movement
by Joe Tarkowski, Cancer Survivor and Marathoner

A body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to remain in motion.  Newton’s First Law of Motion, otherwise known as inertia, may explain why it is so difficult to start a new project, begin a new workout routine or simply get going in the morning.  I certainly know the first portion of this law holds true but the second part is open for debate! See me at the finish of a marathon! ;)

We have all been there, laying in bed, sitting on the couch or reclining in our favorite chair bargaining with ourselves for just a few more minutes of sleep or just one more episode of Masterpiece Theater (because we are cultured like that! ;) ) and then we will begin our workout or start that project.  The problem begins when those few more minutes of sleep or that extra episode on TV cause us to delay that workout or project until the following day.  Tomorrow then comes and the cycle repeats itself (remember that part about the body at rest?).

It’s that first step that is the most difficult!  Whether it is putting foot to floor out of bed in the morning or lifting our behinds off the comfy couch, the momentum can sometimes be difficult to get going.  You are, most likely, all familiar with the famous Nike ad campaign “Just Do It”.  There is no doubt that this campaign helped sell a ton of gear and put Nike at the forefront of the athletic merchandise industry.  That message is also the best way for us to tackle the momentum swing and get our bodies moving.  When the alarm goes off in the morning or the next episode is about to start, DON’T THINK, DON’T BARGAIN, JUST GET MOVING, JUST DO IT!   Once you overcome that first big hurdle, that first step, you are well on your way to accomplishing your goals.

With that being said, when it comes to working out (running, in my case), I find that getting my run in first thing in the morning works best.  By getting up early, I accomplish my workout before the day’s events can attempt to interfere with my goal or workout plan.  Our schedules all vary, so you will need to determine what works best for you.  It might start as a short walk around the block, tackling a flight of stairs at the office or going for a 10 minute run. The key is to get moving, to get your body in motion, regardless of the duration or intensity of the activity.  Once you do, you will be hard to stop!

If you need assistance taking that first step, stop in and see us at Fleet Feet.  From training programs to gear to a friendly ear, we have everything you need to get your body in motion and keep it in motion.  Let us help you “Be the Movement”!!


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