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Lighting the fitness fire

May 12, 2009

When it comes to my writing, my motivation fluctuates: Some days the words pour out faster than I can type them, while on others it's all I can do to turn on the computer. The same is true with exercise. I go through stretches where I ca't wait to hit the gym each day, followed by periods where I can barely work up the energy to walk my dog around the block. Here are some strategies I've developed to get me off the couch—even on my laziest days.

1. Set mini-goals I don't need to break a world record every time I go for a run. Sometimes being less ambitious—like wanting to break a 10-minute mile—is enough to get me moving.

2. Work out first thing in the morning I can always come up with a million things I'd rather do than exercise. By getting it out of the way early, I cut down on opportunities to think of excuses.

3. Give myself a break One of the most important things I can do is to remember that getting in shape is a journey and any progress is better than none. So if I have an off day and only run one mile instead of three, it doesn’t have to derail me. Some days, the mere fact that I laced up my shoes and headed out the door is an accomplishment in and of itself.

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