Good health, toned body, fights depression, blah, blah, blah.
What can make it rewarding right now, today? What can I use to stay motivated? Those are the pertinent questions.
When I first restarted exercising, I promised myself that when I had done 10 miles, I would buy myself a new DVD. I did the mileage and then didn't get around to buying the DVD. I noticed that my motivation slacked off dramatically , so I ordered the DVD. And guess what? I started exercising again! This time the reward is set at 25 miles. I have about 7 to go.
When we make a promise to ourselves, we have to keep it. No ifs, ands, or buts. It's just like a promise to anyone else. Make it. Keep it. Move forward.
I got a blue paper plate from TOPS; a member shared that people who eat off of dark colored plates eat less. I stuck it on the fridge and wrote 25 x's on it. Each mile I walk, I put a sticker over the x. When they are all covered, I will get my reward!
I like to reward myself with exercise DVD's because it adds variety into my workouts, and helps fight the boredom that sets in when I've done the same thing too many times.