SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a national behavioral health system, is pleased to announce the launch of a new article that's now live on Psychology Today: "Why We Resist Change: How behavioral inertia affects success in exercise and weight loss goals." This article, written and edited by Ralph Ryback, M.D., Amanda Habermann, M.S.,and Susan Logan-McCracken, M.P.W., explains how the body's inactivity is an overlooked concept when it comes to understanding a person's natural resistance to beginning a new diet or exercise routine.
As the editorial notes, the body's complex inertia is important for maintaining a state of equilibrium known as homeostasis. Homeostasis helps a person's body to maintain a normal body temperature, metabolism, weight and other functions that are necessary for survival. Think about homeostasis as a micromolecular neurophysiological thermostat – when a room is too hot or too cold, the thermostat helps to adjust the temperature by either turning on the air conditioner or the heater, respectively.
In the same way, the body's inertia can help to explain why it actively resists a new exercise or weight loss routine, as it leads to detectable physiological changes in heart rate, metabolism and respiration. These physiological changes are seen as a disruption of the body's homeostasis. As an effort to maintain homeostasis, the body's complex inertia actively resists these physiological changes, even if they are positive changes like those resulting from exercise, said Scott Jeffrey.
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About the Authors
Ralph Ryback, M.D., has taught at many institutions, including Harvard Medical School. He's also a psychiatrist with Sovereign Health. Receiving his M.D. from Wayne State School of Medicine and completing his residency at Boston City Hospital, Dr. Ryback brings over half a century of psychiatric experience to Sovereign Health. To read Dr. Ryback's full biography, click here.
Amanda Habermann, M.S., is a senior staff writer for Sovereign Health. A graduate of California Lutheran University, she received her M.S. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in psychiatric rehabilitation.
Susan Logan-McCracken, M.P.W., is an editor for Sovereign Health and an award-winning author.
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.SovHealth.com.
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