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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exercise and Happiness

Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness Project" blog has long been one of my favorites. Her posts are consistently insightful -- and after all, wellness and happiness go hand in hand.

Wednesday is "tip day" at Gretchen's blog, and this week's tips are centered around how to stick with an exercise routine. I highly encourage you to check out her 12 tips, because they're all spot on.

Even if daily exercise is already a part of your life, there are bound to be times when your motivation flags. It's important to have strategies in place to push through those tough times.

Personally, I find it helpful to remember that the many benefits of exercise -- increased energy, reduced stress, etc. -- come after I've finished working out. When the alarm goes off early in the morning, of course it would feel good (at least temporarily) to go back to sleep and skip my workout. But later in the day, I know I'll regret it. Instead, I remind myself that in exchange for 45 minutes of exercise, I'll feel better all day long.

After you read Gretchen's excellent tips, don't forget to let me know what keeps you on track!

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