Motivate yourself to exercise: Start an exercise blog

Even my thoughts come in bullet-pointed lists these days.

Many of those thoughts are reasons I ought to walk the dog another mile… a list that usually starts with “making my darned Weight Watchers-provided ActiveLink light up” and ends with a generalization about how people who exercise are less likely to gorge themselves on Birthday-flavored Oreos.

But I digress.

Since I’ve started following this handy Twitter list of BlogHer attendees – follow it here – I’ve become even more smitten with lists, due in part to the fact that most other BlogHer attendees publish their lists, rather than writing them in the Memo section of their iPhones while waiting in line at Trader Joes and promptly forgetting to do anything with them until they are no longer timely.

So. That being said. Head over to and check out this list!

5 Ways To Get Yourself To Exercise Regularly (that actually work)

It jumped out at me because I only love lists when they’re pragmatic – and this one is completely legit. My favorite is number 2, below:

2.  Start an exercise blog

When we journal, we tend to be more invested in our lives, or what we are doing.  Creating a simple blog where you can post a quick blurb about your daily workout, what you ate that day, how you felt, or you can even take pictures… It will help you feel like you are on a journey, writing your own story about your fitness accomplishments, and will help you feel more committed to what you are doing.

As I’ve written, the beauty of a list – to me, anyway –  is its ability to motivate a variety of individuals with concrete-but-still-subjective categories. And I, for one, see a lot of value in harnessing the Interwebs for positive purposes such as health and fitness. Not certain it’s having the desired impact on yours truly, but it’s certainly not hurting.

So get off your but. Get running – and/or blogging! – just as soon as you’ve read the entire piece.


  1. Thanks Danielle for the link! I’m finding that lists are good for all of us because we tend to want our information fast, and lists help us do this. And while us exercisers are less likely to gorge, I did treat myself to some cheesecake this evening :-)

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