I want to (and know I should) exercise
. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip
exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know
what I mean, life stuff.
When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of
reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.
What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more:
Rewards—such as a hazelnut nonfat latte from my favorite coffee shop as a post-run
treat—help get me moving. Or I’ll make myself a delicious, healthy dessert.
For every mile I run, I earn a dollar to spend on something I don’t really need, just want,
like some cool jewelry or a new pair of shoes. Frivolous maybe, but motivating for sure.
I’ve also started subscribing to the idea that exercise doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”
and reminding myself that walking with
my dog is legitimate physical activity. Even vacuuming the house with my son in the BabyBjorn counts for something:
it’s lifestyle exercise. So I’m volunteering for those sorts of jobs and letting my husband do the less-active tasks, such
as folding laundry in front of the football game.
goals for myself—both big ones and small ones. I’m planning to do a half marathon in May. I’ll be motivated to
get regular exercise if I know I’m working toward a bigger goal. If I get stuck, I’ll remember these 6 ways to sneak in
Exercise may never come naturally to me, but history tells me that I’ll never stop using little tricks and bribes to stay as
active as possible.