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?