How many times have you gone to bed thinking you will get up in the morning and exercise, then come morning decide to hit snooze and “start tomorrow”? This action rewards our present self with more sleep, but our future self loses the long-term benefits from the lack of action. Next time, if you want to make a better choice for your present and future self, focus on both the short-term and long-term rewards!
Connect the daily action of exercise to an immediate benefit such as:
• Knowledge that your work out will make you feel better all day by relieving anxiety.
• Engage the power of self-esteem by choosing to feel better about yourself all day.
• Enjoy the social gratification of working out with a friend.
• Start the day on a positive by already accomplishing a short-term goal.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln