The First Ten
No it’s not your weight, I have a different ten in mind. This one can be just as difficult for many people to conquer but not identified as a problem and that’s the first ten minutes of the workout. Getting through the first circuit, the first mile, really the first ten is really the difference between success and failure. Many people like the idea of exercise but they can’t seem to clear the first ten with enough consistency to put a lifestyle change in place. If this is you here is how I think you need to deal with it. Stop thinking about how you feel about it. It’s totally inappropriate. I don’t really care if you are not in the mood and you shouldn’t either, just focus on getting through the first ten minutes. Once the wheels are in motion you have a solid chance of finding the energy and inspiration to make it all the way through. This is what I have learned with my clients; sometime I need to exert pressure to get the ball rolling and once in motion Newton’s first law takes over. “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” It seems simple and rather obvious but you would be surprised how often it’s overlooked. Warm up for a minute or two and then kick into it. If you can get this going on a consistent basis Newton’s third law will make itself known. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Guess what that is…. you will get in shape.