Three simple steps to creating a successful exercise program


The other day I went for a run and it started to rain. It was not raining very hard, so I decided to finish my run instead of heading home. As I ran past my neighbor’s house I heard my neighbor’s young son ask his mom why I was running in the rain. His mom replied “I have no idea! It doesn’t look like anyone is chasing her!” I had to smile at this comment as I am sure it seemed silly to them that I would be running in the rain while they were running into the house to get out of the rain. For the duration of my run, I was thinking about the boy’s comment. Why was I running in the rain?

I run because it makes me feel good both physically and mentally. I run because I get stressed out at work. I run because my kids drive me crazy sometimes. I run because it is a beautiful day and I need to get outside and feel the sun. I run because I have to clear my mind and stay sane.  I run because I promised myself that I would.

Whether you are a marathon runner or watching marathons of Netflix shows, we all need motivation to get moving.  If you are just starting out with an exercise program, or if you are trying to talk yourself into doing your daily workout, you need to find some motivation.  Your motivation might be different than mine, but we all have our own motivation and our own reasons why. The key to a successful workout program is to figure out your ‘why’ and come up with a plan. Are you are trying to lose weight? Maybe you want to get stronger, faster, leaner, healthier physically or mentally? So, how do you figure out your motivation and develop a plan? Start with the end in mind and follow these steps.

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