Starting Exercise is Easier Than You Think
Starting exercise can be really hard. Let’s face it, starting ANYTHING can be really hard.
It’s like pushing a car, the first metre takes a superhuman effort, but then once it’s rolling, the inertia makes it easy to keep going.
Exercise is the same. That first effort takes a huge amount of willpower.
But what if you’d already begun but you just didn’t know it.
Imagine if someone else started pushing that car for you, and then you just had to take over and do the easy bit.
Well, that’s sort of what’s happened.
You see, you already exercise, and maybe you don’t even know it.
It’s really hard for the human mind to start something new. Our habits are well established and we’re stuck in our ways. But if you believe you’ve already begun, it’s actually much easier.
You see, exercise exists on a continuum. If you’re unable to move in bed, you’re a zero. If you’re an Olympic athlete, maybe you’re a nine or a ten. The hardest part is going from zero to one. From nothing to something. But you’re not at zero. Do you walk from the house to the car? Or from the car to work? Or carry the shopping from the car to the house? That’s exercise. You’re already a two! You’ve already begun! Maybe you walk the dog a couple of times a week, or play with your kids. You’re already a four!
How good’s that!? You already exercise. So you don’t have to start. You’ve done the hard bit! Now your job is really simple. Just move up that continuum. Just a tiiinnnnyyyy bit. You don’t have to be a ten – aint no body got time for that. Just be a five. Or a six. Just be a little bit further up that continuum than you are now.
What can you do to move up that continuum?
You don’t have to take the first step – you’ve already done that. Just take the NEXT step.
Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology. He has worked with many thousands of individuals along the full spectrum of health, and has coached at The CrossFit Games. He regularly presents to corporate and fitness industry groups and mentors Fitness Professionals.