Segerstrom suggests tailoring your workout to an established aspect of your life. If you pride yourself on being an involved parent, forms of exercise like family bike rides or coaching your child's sports team may be easier to stick with. If you're an animal lover, try going for a run with your dog. Baumeister can vouch for pet-induced motivation: "I'd get home at the end of the day and feel tired, but the run was the highlight of the dog's day, so he would be indignant at the prospect of skipping it!"
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