Depending on the day, I’m more or less motivated to exercise or not motivated at all. Thinking back over the last 35 years that I’ve been exercising, what kept me going through thick and thin? Was it visualization techniques, was it rewarding myself afterwards, was it remembering how good I looked and felt when I exercised… what was it?
Frankly, I don’t know about you, but all that never really worked for me. Sure performance at work, school and at home has always been important to me, and certainly that’s the benefit I most appreciated. But all the intellectual, emotional or even physical “reasons” to exercise don’t get me off my butt every day.
Motivation fortunately is not what determines whether I exercise every day… there’s only one thing that ever does. My agreement with myself. Until my mid 30’s I exercised about 3 or 4 times a week, but it wasn’t until I made an agreement with myself that I was able to fulfill my decision to exercise every day.
Of course it also helps that the program I do does it all in 7-15 minutes a day. The deal is this, in exchange for getting plenty of rest, fresh fruits and vegetables, and treating myself with the kindness and respect my body demands, I do my health fitness routine as soon as I get up every morning.