The BEST Exercise Motivation EVER!

 Ideas for Exercise Motivation

As you know, we are constantly on the lookout for ideas for exercise motivation that are worth sharing. Well, if you don’t know, or aren’t sure, see for yourself.

Exercise Motivation Cartoon

We have been thinking about exercise motivation since we started our fitness journey. We even wrote an e-book on it. Now we have a life hack that will work wonderfully and we really want you to give it a try to see what you think.

BUT, before we share, you have to PROMISE to let us know the results – we want to hear back from you in 31 days from when you start your exercise routine. You can use the contact page or comments below – we’ll get your message and, if and only IF, you are ok with it, we’ll publish your results on our website.


The Rules of this Exercise Motivation Plan.

Gathering MoneyRULE # 1.

Put the equivalent of $20.00 USD for 31 days into your piggy bank. Don’t worry, we won’t judge where you got it. And, the amount is up to you.

You can use $30 per day, and put in $930, $20 per day is $620, $10 is $310, $5 is 155 and $1 is $31. You see where we’re going with this – anyway, it should be an amount that you would mind if you had to give it away.

To give you an idea of a currency equivalent (as of 10/15/17) for several countries:

Amount Country Currency
20.00 USA Dollars
16.98 European Euro
25.00 Canadian Dollar
346.69 Argentine Peso
1298.77 Indian Rupee
63.15 Brazilian Real
132.53 Chinese Yuan
73.31 Turkish Lira
1146.23 Russian Ruble
126.45 Danish Krone
2106.60 Icelandic Króna
127.43 Croatian Kuna
7210.00 Nigerian Naira
19.55 Swiss Franc
75.01 Saudi Riyal
375.75 Mexican Peso
1270.12 Haiti Gourde
35.80 Aruba Florin


Rule # 2.

Pick your goal:

Total exercise time
# of exercises & repetitions

Tips: Try to get as close to 150 minutes of exercise per week as you can. Be sure to plan a day off and if you are doing strength exercises, don’t do them 2 days in a row.


Rule # 3.

Create your plan.

Create your weekly plan – Time and Day of Week or see Weekly Workout Planner for ideas (download the pdf, open the planner, see pages 1, 5, 12, 19 & 28 for plan examples. Use the same plan for each week.

So, if you plan to get up at 5am to exercise for 35 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday and go to the gym on Saturday, you can take off on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. This can be your plan for every week. Yes, that means that Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are ‘free’ days. You don’t have to exercise or pay into the envelope on ‘free’ days. And if you want, you can use your ‘free’ days to switch for a missed day.

Or, you could plan to exercise for 20 minutes a day for 6 days and only take off on Sunday. That works too.

Yes, warm-up and cool-down time counts toward goal.

At the end of the week you have to ‘true up’. That means no swaps beyond the week. So, you can not exercise on a ‘free’ Sunday and swap for the following Wednesday. Each week starts a new goal week.

Ok, now that we’ve got those rules down, now here’s the fun part…

Rule #4.

Every day you don’t exercise *see below for workout recommendations* you have to take the amount per day you allocated in Rule #1, out of your piggy bank and put it into an envelope. You’ll always pay the same amount whether it’s a Balance, Strength (weights, bodyweight exercises), Endurance (aerobics – running, elliptical) or Flexibility (stretching) day or the length of time. And that means that you don’t pay anything for your ‘off days’, so you get to keep that in your piggy bank. The goal is to stick to plan.

The best part is you get to choose your routine. You can do 20 minutes of balance on Monday and 30 of strength on Wednesday. And the amount you save will be the same if you stuck to your plan for the day.

Richie Rich Giving Away Money for Exercise Motivation

Rule #5.

At the end of the 31 days, take the envelope of money and give it to the charity of your choice. The charity may even be a friend in need. That’s right, you have to give it away. You don’t get to keep any of the money. Money in your hand

You DO get to keep whatever money is left in your piggy bank to buy yourself something nice. Think about that new exercise mat you wanted or some weights. And if you had fun, begin again!

Best Exercise Motivation Recap

  • 1 – pick a daily amount, multiply that by 31 days, put this amount in your piggy bank
  • 2 – pick your goal
  • 3 – create your weekly plan
  • 4 – stick to plan – exercise = keep money in piggy bank, no-exercise = put in envelope
  • 5 – keep your piggy bank, give away the envelope
  • share your results

Now, have fun and remember, and this is important, we want to hear from you. We’ll post your experiences if you want us to.

Best Exercise Motivation Recommendations

Need Exercise Motivation? Then head over to our Workout Routines (free printable Journals too) for workout selections or visit the Exercises and Strength pages. Don’t forget your warm up and cool-down (they are important) and a good mix of Balance, Endurance, Flexibility and Strength exercises. You can also try our Senior Fitness Exercises!

Above all check with your Doctor before beginning an exercise routine. Your Doctor will let you know if the routine you choose is right for you.

In Conclusion

Follow along, have some fun, feel better and hopefully have enough to buy yourself something that will make you smile. And thank you for spending time with us today. Wishing you the best of health!

Source: Exercise Workout Incentive

Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

14 thoughts

  1. You will likely find a common theme with this post. It will read like this: “Great idea”, “Something to think about”, “Maybe this winter”, etc…

    There is no question people would like to be healthy and fit, they simply haven’t been raised (in general) with the lifestyle to make the discipline likely (LONG TERM.)

    Unfortunately, PAIN becomes the common theme leading to behavioral changes. Disease diagnoses, physical impairments, functional limitations, etc… become the motivators for so many people. Sad really…. because PLEASURE (ex. good health, physical and functional capability) offers so many more benefits without having to experience the hardships that PAIN “motivators” cause.

    1. I agree Doctor Jonathan, we all want to be healthy and fit, and know we have to be active and we even start to feel aches and pains from being too inactive, but we think too short-term. Excuses such as ‘I don’t feel like it now’, or ‘maybe later’, or ‘some day soon’ set in. I know it very well, that’s why making it a habit with 30 days of repetition, is key to helping get past those thoughts. Train your mind to push yourself. I’ve been exercising faithfully for almost 2 years, feel great, and still have to push myself – not all the time – and I do miss exercise if I miss 2 days in a row. But I do because I don’t want to see what will happen to me if I stop. I like this feeling and I want to keep it. Thank you Doctor Jonathan for your comments, they are very thought provoking!
      Thank you for stopping by!

      1. I know only too well about having to push myself on days I just don’t feel like exercising. I wrote an article entitled “Exercise Confessions.” I wanted people to understand even those committed to a healthy lifestyle have days where drive is limited.

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