Not just exercise! I’m going for the gold.

Metal Men: Gold (3/7)How do you stay motivated, especially over the long haul?

When you decide to do something regularly, such as exercise, what keeps you going? Do you work out with a friend? Do you give yourself rewards along the way?

For me, participating in the President’s Challenge  has been a terrific way to get motivated and stay motivated to exercise. Here’s what the program offers:

*** A long varied list of physical activities from which you pick your favorites

*** Specific milestones for you to work toward

*** An online Activity Log to track your progress

*** Awards when you reach the milestones

The awards are a Bronze, Silver, and Gold medal, just like in the Olympics! I was pretty pumped when I earned the Bronze and Silver; I announced that I was going for the Gold.

It’s taken me a lot longer than I thought for various reasons. One was my BF’s great new job which required moving our household—including 1,600 books,  two cats, two vehicles, and the two  of us—across the U.S. in the dead of winter.

One of the wonderful things, though, about the President’s Challenge is that—if you can’t participate for a time—you can come back whenever you’re able to and pick up right where you left off.

Yesterday when I went for my walk, I was only 20-some points short of earning a Gold medal. When I got back and logged into my Activity Log, I saw that I had earned those few points and also—to my great surprise—that

You are 16 % of the way toward the goal of 500,000 points for a Platinum Award. Only 419,797 points to go!

Now that’s a goal! I wonder how long this will take.

What do you think? How do you stay motivated to exercise? Do you like an organized approach or something more informal? Have you tried the President’s Challenge? I welcome your thoughts, comments, or suggestions.

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  • Madeleine Kolb 05/30/2010, 5:23 pm

    @Jean, Thanks for the comment. Actually, yard work is one of the activities in the President’s Challenge. I think you have to keep track of your time and then log it in. Having a walking (or a biking) partner is really pleasant. Sometimes I walk with my BF but often I walk while he’s at work.

    @Manal, Thank you for your kind comment. I don’t tend to get bored with my regular exercise routine. I think it’s partly because I combine walking with bird-watching which I really enjoy. And thanks to eating healthy and exercising, I don’t need medication for type 2 diabetes (which of course is the subject of a previous blog post or two.)

  • Manal 05/30/2010, 4:16 pm

    Good on you Madeleine! You are an inspiration.

    I tried an online community a couple of years ago. It worked OK for a while then I got bored. That is my issue. I get bored with stuff. The best motivation for me to do it is to make it a short habit. What I do now is the 5 Tibetan rites every day (they take about 15 minutes). Then I let the day take care of the rest. Sometimes its the backyard, a mini stepper in front of the TV or a walk. Other days it’s nothing. As long as I do it more days than not, it works out for me.
    .-= Manal´s last blog ..The Dark Side of Productivity =-.

  • Jean Sarauer 05/29/2010, 11:23 pm

    I applaud you for earning your gold medal! As someone who struggles with exercising regularly, I’m truly impressed. Right now I’m getting tons of exercise with our yard and garden work and walking in the neighborhood, but I’m going to have to get into a structured program of some sort in the fall. I could use a walking partner like you!