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Nike got it right.

“Just do it.”

It’s the simplest of slogans and really kind of a duh! but yet it’s one of the most powerful things you can say to yourself, especially when followed by “Yes, you can.”

It’s powerful all right, but easier said than done. As I believe Isaac Newton discovered, an object at rest stays at rest. When you or I are the objects at rest, it takes a heck of a lot more than a slogan (and the fancy workout gear that goes with it) to get us in motion. It is, however, not outside the realm of possibility.

Getting fit and healthy is a lot more mental than most check-out line magazine headlines would lead you to believe. “Lose 30 pounds in 30 days! While you sleep!,” “Flat abs in 2 minutes a day!” “You too can look like [insert sexy celebrity with entourage of trainers, nutritionists, massage therapists, cosmeticians, and personal chefs] if only you follow the 10 steps we outline here! Really! We’re not kidding!” Uh huh. Sure. Even if all those tips and tricks actually worked, the hard part is still getting yourself up off your heiny and into your sneakers.

I am not above self-bribery or guilt trips. Whatever gets me to “Just do it” is fair game. Whether that be a promise of time in the hot tub after 10 laps of swimming or a cone at Dairy Twirl during my walk (which, let’s face it, is where I’m walking to anyway), if it gets me up and moving it’s good*. After all, the other half of Newton’s law is an object in motion stays in motion. So, once you get going, you never know how far you’ll go.

Just do it, will ya?

* I don’t advocate rewarding yourself with food very often but sometimes if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. Just get the kiddie size ok?

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