Why do we want to exercise? Each of us has a different answer, or complex of answers; knowing why can help us stay focused.
The hard part, sometimes, is being honest about the reasons. It is totally socially acceptable to say we exercise to be healthy. Secretly, it may be all about showing that particular person just how awesome we look and neemeeneemeeneemee. Perhaps we love doing hard things, but don’t love admitting it lest people think we are too weird. Perhaps we are afraid of having to wear muumuus later in life, even while playing Santa.
Digging into the why helps us choose the kind of reminders we need to get out of bed or off the couch or out of the office to move. Personally, I need to remind myself how much better I feel after exercising. I need to remember that I like to defeat those weights. I need to remember that I like to flex my muscles in the bathroom mirror (embarrassing, yes, but true.).
Knowledge is power (well, actually, power is energy consumed over unit of time, but the point stands.). Be powerful!