Paying Yourself For Workouts May Be Just the Motivation You Need

Am I naturally motivated to exercise four times a week? Hell no! While doing it to have energy| to act as a role model for my kids| and to be strong and healthy for myself are huge motivators| some days I’m| like| “F*ck this. Can’t I just sleep or eat all day instead?”

To keep me bolted to the healthy path| I have a few tricks up my capris for those days when I’m just not feeling it: this workout piggy bank is definitely one of them. For every completed 30- to 60-minute workout| I take a dollar from my wallet| and I place it in the jar. For longer| more intense workouts (like my recent half-marathon training runs)| I pay myself $5.

Yes| it is technically my money to begin with| but being able to put a dollar into my workout piggy bank gets me psyched. Once the jar is filled| I’m like an 8-year-old after a night of trick-or-treating: I lay out all the money| count it up| and then think about how I want to spend it ¡ª in a healthy way| of course. I use it to splurge on a pricey fitness top I normally would never buy| or this time around| I’m putting it toward that GPS watch I’ve had my eye on. Not only do I get rewarded for my hard work| but using the reward that comes from the money I have saved also reminds me how hard I’ve been working and makes me want to keep it up.

The jar sits on my kitchen counter so I see it a few times a day. It stares back at me when I’m thinking about eating ice cream for dinner| prompts me to pack a healthy lunch| and reminds me to get that load of laundry in the washer so I have a sports bra for tomorrow’s workout. It acts as a visual reminder that although my workouts are just a small part of my day| they are priceless in the grand scheme of things ¡ª and a huge investment in my future health.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar