Just Move

December 20, 2019

A body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it…

Newton’s First Law of Motion

Unless you are the type of person who enjoyed homework when you were in school or felt challenged when the boss gave you after hours work, having a printed out prescription of exercises from your physical therapist is not going create the harmony and internal consistency that will motivate you to move. It has to come from a stronger belief and deeper place of desire.

It’s 6:00am and once again the alarm has given you the wake up sign that it’s time to do something to change the current downward trajectory of your physical condition. You’ve been in this state of cognitive dissonance where your conscious mind says that your injury will get better if you take the time to do the prescribed exercises; but, your unconscious says that there is a benefit to sleep one more hour.

What are your beliefs? Do you really believe that specific exercises will truly help you feel better? If not, why don’t you believe it? What will help? How do you get motivated to move after surgery or life stress when you just don’t feel like it? Let’s consider moving for another reason. What are your joys in life? What are your hobbies that you are unable to do at this time? What gets you excited? What would you do more of if you could physically move better? Perhaps you want to spend time with the grandchildren which may require lifting and walking. Thinking about these things can breathe life into moving. Following are a few ideas that may help break through lethargy:

  • Put on your exercise clothes the minute your feet hit the floor. Better yet, lay them out before you go to bed and put them on immediately after your first bathroom trip.
  • Dedicate a time and space for your exercises and have your equipment ready
  • Place a picture in your exercise area that reflects your reasons for getting better
  • Plan an activity for a date in the future that will require wellness. For instance, you are recovering from a shoulder injury and you want to return to Kayaking. Plan a kayaking trip.
  • Discover ways to incorporate your exercises into you daily activities. If you work sitting, set a timer to periodically get up and perform one of your exercises.
  • Hire an exercise specialist who will help keep you focused

When you have one of those days where you just don’t feel like moving, decide that you can do anything for five minutes and give yourself permission to stop. Once you get started, endorphins usually kick in and you will finish your exercise plan.

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