Creatures of Habit

Creatures of Habit

We’re all a little bit like animals. We’re just really smart animals. We tend to be creatures of habit. We eat the same foods that we like, we exercise in similar manner, we associate with the same people. We are creatures of habit. When it comes time to making changes whether it be cleaning up our diet or choosing to exercise, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are so many books and articles and professional consultants and nutritional theories that one can get a bit overwhelmed just thinking about making some changes.

Newton’s First Law of motion: “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” I remember discussing that in High School. I didn’t give it much thought at the time (imagine  a high school student not giving a subject much thought), but it really is true. When it comes to exercise, that law definitely comes into play. If one say commits to walking 10 minutes per day, chances are once you walk 10 minutes it will be really easy to walk another 10 minutes. Thus proving that Newton’s First Law of Motion is correct.

Take the example of going for a walk.  Now we know that walking has been proven to have many health benefits:
It maintains a healthy weight
Prevents or manages various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Strengthens bones and muscles
Improves your mood
Improves balance and coordination

Walking can really help you to get your head straight if you are having are experiencing stress or just feel moody or grouchy (I don’t know anything about that.). But it has been found to improve mental health, anxiety, depression especially if you can walk in nature. Green grass, flowers and trees has a calming effect on your body. So if one can commit to walking just 10 minutes per day then you can easily walk 20 minutes per day.

So perhaps one can decide to test Newton’s law of Motion.  So we know laws must be tested so why not go for a walk and see if you aren’t in a better mood and also get the wonderful health benefits that are your birthright. Spring is upon is in California and it’s time to awaken.  Let me know how your walk goes.

 

2 thoughts on “Creatures of Habit

  1. r1ckeas1ey says:

    I was fortunate enough to move into a house that’s within walking distance of work, so I now average about 7 miles a day. I lost 20 ponds in 8 months just from the walking. At my age I didn’t think that was possible. I’ve always been a gym rat and you could never have convinced me that walking burns more calories than lifting weights. Well, I’m a believer now. Perfect example of making a change despite old habits and preconceptions.

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