Why should you care about moving more? Why would anybody want to stay in pain?
People can identity with illness and pain. They complain about it, sure, but it becomes a part of your life. People stay in relationships that supposedly don’t serve them all the time because they’re used to it; it’s familiar. Changing is letting go, and even things that harm you have become your companions after a while.
It hurts to change in a way that the obvious physical manifestations don’t always compete with. Change fights directly with psychology and habits and those are very very potent drugs.
In her book 12 Steps to Raw Food, Victoria Boutenko recounted how people would come to her courses and leave absolutely vibrant with energy to start their raw food journey. In one telling anecdote, she recalls seeing two young women in a grocery store shortly after her seminar who were all smiles but oddly keeping their hands behind their backs. After they scurried away, she found chips and snacks the girls had dropped for fear of being “caught”.
So why then, when we truly believe that we have a better option in front of us that we enthusiastically embrace, do we immediately go back to the way we acted before?
There are thousands of memes on the internet about procrastination finally breeding inspiration. I’m guilty of the same. I have little to no study habits, even for things I enjoy reading about when I do pick them up. In theory, this should work for a diet and exercise regimen as well. But when our physical bodies have gone far enough asunder to demand our attention in a way rivaling the two hours before a project is due, doing something about it is hard. Hard on every level. Physically, mentally, time-wise, and the problem is that there is no quick fix to recapturing that slow decline you took to get there. There’s also no “the project is done” relief, this is your whole life.
Movement must be added back one little piece at a time. True come-to-jesús moments in which a person changes their life are nearly nonexistent. Patrick Henigan, owner of Jacksonville Fitness Academy in Jacksonville, FL, preaches that motivation is crap and discipline rules the day. I have always tended towards the motivation route being the most important. It is the catalyst that creates a program to be disciplined to. I think for now I must assent that discipline is the true factor that will get you going. Combined with incrementalism and accountability, discipline is the tool that needs to get you over that first hard hill to climb. You have to make an actual decision that something is important to you. If you don’t, you won’t do it. But saying something is important isn’t enough. Ask yourself, “what can I do RIGHT NOW to make my situation better?” The answer is act.
Thinking precedes action. Deciding precedes action. Scheduling precedes action. Then action actually happens. And until then it’s all a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.