I want to (and know I should) exercise more. 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