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.