Finding the Motivation to Exercise

By | June 27, 2011

I was not blessed with a love for exercise. I would pretty much rather do anything else.  I will make excuses and try to avoid it, no matter how much it might benefit my health.  I learned long ago that I needed a reward system to provide motivation to exercise regularly.

I believe that a reward system of some sort can be a powerful motivation to exercise.  It doesn’t have to be anything huge or even cost any money.  One of my early rewards was a trip to the library while my husband watched the kids.  Small short-term rewards worked best when I was just starting out.

Now I tend to reward myself with larger things that take awhile to earn.  What I do is set back $1 for each mile I walk and put it into an envelope.  Before I start, I have a specific goal in mind.  Currently I am saving for a day trip for the family.  So I did some research and found out how much admission would be, estimated gas, etc.  I wrote that amount on the envelope so I see it every week when I add money.  I find it extremely motivating that every step I am taking is getting us closer to a fun family outing.

So tell me… what motivates you to exercise?

One thought on “Finding the Motivation to Exercise

  1. Chloe

    My motivation right now is just thinking about how I looked and felt when I was exercising daily a few months ago. I felt better and got more done, so I just keep that in mind when I don’t feel like working out.

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