RE-PUBLISHED FROM FEB 2015
So I admit it, I cheated.
And I don’t even feel guilty about it, either.
(In fact, I regret not cheating more.)
My workout plan calls for 25 minutes a day, and on Saturday, I pushed it to 45 minutes.
I know, I know…dammit Conor! I wish I had more discipline. But I couldn’t control myself! I just had to have me some more of that sweet, sweet exercise, baby.
What’s wrong with me?
Notwithstanding the obvious, I think it has something to do with a phenomenon I recently described to a colleague, which I call *CRITICAL MASS*. In nuclear physics, this term refers to the amount of material needed to sustain a nuclear reaction.
In fitness terminology, I use it to describe the moment when your workout program becomes self-sustaining.
You see, I’m four weeks into my workout comeback. (Bicep tear.)
And I’ve experienced critical mass before.
When you first start an exercise program, there’s a lot of friction involved with getting yourself going. Frankly, it’s a bit of a grind. Both your mind and body are better adapted to sitting on the couch, or in front of a computer. There’s a touch of self-persuasion that creeps in every time you act even a tad industrious. You gotta talk yourself past the devil sitting on one shoulder, pulling out every stop to trick you into staying in your comfort zone.
If you manage to silence this rascal, and take action often enough — and for long enough — your forward momentum eventually becomes greater than the resistance keeping you mired in the quicksand of the status quo.
You’re less tired, you can do more — and you start feeling like you want to.
When critical mass really kicks in, you almost don’t want to stop.
It’s a high.
And it feels incredible.
When you’re there, motivation is a non-issue, Amigo.
The faster you reach critical mass, the sooner your goals become a foregone conclusion.
Trouble is, most people don’t have the knowledge, or the drive to sustain themselves long enough to hit that crucial turning point.
They fall flat.
So what is the fastest — really the ONLY way — to become more enthusiastic about something?
Learn how to do it well.
If motivation is an issue for you, do your body a ‘solid’, and give me call:
Sometimes I’m good…
But when I’m bad, I’m even better.
Yours In Great Health,