Sunday, March 14, 2010


Anybody remember Newton's First Law?

Newton's First Law (Law of Inertia)(Let's restate Newton's first law in everyday terms:)

"An object at rest will stay at rest, forever, as long as nothing pushes or pulls on it. An object in motion will stay in motion, traveling in a straight line, forever, until something pushes or pulls on it."

Okay, remember it now?  So what does Newton have to do with Fitness? Well, if you think about it, "bodies" are very "energy efficient" (some folks would say lazy...),and will tend to do only that which is "comfortable" to do (the 'comfortable' part comes from "inertia').   But the reality is, they will tend to continue to do what we have taught them to do.  You know, sitting on the couch, crunching down a bag of chips or whatever's left in that half-gallon of ice cream.  That is the "stay at rest" part of inertia.

The GREAT NEWS is...that once you decide to start moving again, even just a little bit, you will begin to overcome the "at rest" portion of inertia and begin moving in the direction of the "stay in motion" side, where it becomes easier and easier (more 'comfortable') to stay in motion!  Soon you will find it difficult not to be moving...and 'you know what?...your body will be just as happy (if not more so) moving, as it was at rest!  And YOU will feel so much stronger, energetic, heathy, as well as physically AND emotionally charged and self-assured, it will carry over into every area of your life!

So, get move'n...(don't make me come over there)! Ha!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


It struck me today, just how often I hear clients and others speak of choices they have made..about eating, being consistent in their workouts, faithful to their goals, and many other areas of their lives, as being either "good" or "bad".  "Last week I was really 'good' with my food, but the other night I was really "bad"!  "I was 'super-good' Monday and Wednesday with my workouts, but Friday I was 'bad'...I was so busy (with my life) that I didn't make time to get to the gym...all I wanted to do was plop down on the couch, I was terrible!"

Listen, I want all of you to begin thinking of your choices in a different way.  (I know some of you may have to make "baby-steps" in this area, but I really hope you will do this one thing for yourselves!)

I've mentioned before that it may be helpful to compare your Fitness LifeStyle Plan to a Compass or a GPS, rather than a black and white, point "A" to point "B" is only acceptable outcome, way of thinking.

If you've never seen a GPS in a car operate, it goes something like this:  because it communicates with satelites, it knows where you are (I know scarey, huh?) enter where you want to go, and the GPS calculates the shortest route to take you there.  You begin driving and the GPS will say something like "turn left a half a mile ahead" you drive half a mile and turn right!  Does the GPS make fun of you or put you down for 'being weak' or 'lacking inner-strength' or any of those things we tend to tell ourselves? Nope, the GPS simply says "recalculating" and gets you right back on track from where you now are.

We all know that beating ourselves up for making choices we later wish we hadn't, never really helps any way!

So let's start looking at our decisions simply as choices we make in the moment, that either take us toward our goals, or that take us temporarily away from our goals...and just start making as many of the "toward our goals" choices as we possibly can, given the fact that we have been given human minds and bodies,  and that life will always throw challenges our you hear so often today..."life happens"!

I'm just saying...there are always plenty of people out there willing to put you down...just don't let yourself be one of them!

Okay, enough get out there a sweat a little!!