2,016 Miles – “A Body in Motion Stays in Motion”
Newton’s first law of motion is referred to as the law of inertia. Inertia is the property of a body to remain at rest, or once in motion, to remain in motion. Some objects have more inertia than others because the inertia of an object is equivalent to its mass. This is why it is more difficult to push a boulder than it is to throw a baseball. The same is true of the human body and, even more important, the human mind.
“A body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton
When we stop moving and stop working out we start a downward spiral into a sedentary life. We have less energy, which means we have less get up and go. Instead of setting goals for the things we want to achieve we make excuses for why we can’t achieve them. We stop eating healthy. We gain more mass. We make our bodies want to stay at rest and make it harder for our minds to push them back into motion.
Over the past few months I have allowed myself to fall victim to this. That’s right, allowed myself. There was no outside force that halted my momentum. Just a series of poor choices, excuses, and an “I’ll start tomorrow” attitude. I have been struggling to slowly bring myself out of this funk by getting back to my yoga practice and by trying to get back to working out and being active. But it is hard to do when I feel that like I don’t have something that I am working towards. I realized that I needed a goal.
But why does a workout have to suck? Why can’t I do the things that I love to do and get myself back to being active and healthy again in the process? So why not set a goal of getting outside and adventuring? I do it anyway, just not as often as I’d like, or often enough to make it an overall fitness regimen. But if I set a goal for myself for how much and how often I need to do it, then maybe it could work. But how much? How often? And with the New Year only a few days away, why not make it my New Year’s Resolution and start it then?
I came across this group of runners that is going to run 2,016 miles in 2016. They can do it alone or split it up with partners. And they don’t have to run the whole thing. Run, walk, crawl, whatever. Just get it done. Well that sounds pretty cool! So I’m going to do it this year, but I’m going to do it my way, doing what I love. Adventuring! 2,016 miles of trail running, hiking, biking, kayaking, SUP’ing, and snowboarding. I’ve already got a backpacking trip planned for New Year’s weekend so that’s perfect! I can’t wait to get started on it! And that’s the mindset that I’ve been missing and the mental push that I needed to get my body back in motion again. Until next time. Namastè!