Newton’s Second Law: Translated

If you’ve seen my post about Newton’s first law then you know that once you’re headed in a certain direction, you’re likely to keep going!   Moral of that story: make sure you’re in the right direction.

So what about Newton’s second law of motion?  Does it apply to your health too?

I believe that YES, it does!!  Here, you’ll see why.

As a reminder Newton’s second law says,

Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass.  The greater the mass, the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate the object.”

Here are my translations:

  • Acceleration: getting healthy
  • Force: motivation and intention to get healthy
  • Mass:  barriers to resist change

So Newton’s 2nd, completely translated is:

“Getting healthy is achieved when the intention to get healthy acts on the barriers to resist change.  The greater the barriers, the greater the intention needed to change.”

It’s true, getting healthy and staying healthy can be challenging.  BUT, the more barriers you recognize, the harder it will be for you to see the benefits of change.  If you really want change, you need to realize that the benefits greatly outweigh the barriers.  Plus, you need to be motivated!

My best motivation prescription for you is… KNOW YOU CAN!!  Have confidence and be assured that YOU CAN DO IT.

But, please do not do a complete 180.  No way.  Just find those little changes you can make.

Can you name three fruits or vegetables that you like?  Then you can incorporate those into your diet!

Can you walk to your mailbox and back?  Then you can exercise!

Do you drink soda? How about only drinking one a day!

Want some extra fuel during the day?  Pack a healthy snack instead of taking a trip to the vending machine!

Park further from the store, stretch while watching television, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard.  And once you see the results and the joy that the small steps you make bring to your life, you’ll be motivated yet again to continue forward in a healthy direction!

What motivates you? What small steps do you take each day to get healthy? I want to hear all about it!

Comment below and check back soon for my third installment of this series as I examine Newton’s third law!

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