It's hard to stay motivated to exercise regularly, and many of us use the promise of better looks and long-term health to keep at it. If this is too hard, though, try using the short-term benefits — like stress relief — as motivation instead.
Over at weblog Blonde & Balanced, they've taken a different approach to exercise motivation. Instead of thinking in the long term, just think of it as a cure to the end of a stressful day:
As hard as it is to maintain an exercise routine, I always feel SO great after it's over. This is the main thing that keeps me coming back for more. After an excruciating workout, when I'm exhausted and my legs feel like rubber, my head is always clear, I feel grateful, I feel accomplished, I feeling cleansed, and, most of all, I feel happy.
They go on to list all the short term benefits you feel: stress relief, a cure for boredom, brainstorming or even socialising. It may not work for everyone — you may personally hate everything there is to feel during a workout — but if the long-term goal is too abstract to get you off the couch right now, you might be better off motivating yourself with the benefits you'll feel right now. Hit the link to read more. Photo by lu-lu.