Being in love with exercise is a minority attitude, but regular activity offers so many health and well-being benefits that anyone should be able to find it pleasant, even if they’d rather be curled up on the couch with a book.

If you’re struggling with the willpower to exercise regularly, you could probably use some reframing. And if you don’t have a dog, you can learn these lessons from Summer Tomato’s dog!

1. It’s play, not punishment
2. It’s social
3. [Dogs] aren’t self-conscious
4. It makes them better citizens
5. It’s part of their identity

Visit Rose’s blog entry to see more pictures of Toaster and read about how her dog embodies these lessons.

If exercise is the one thing you always find excuses for, or a looming gym appointment fills you with dread, it’s time to get back to these principles. Find some ways to make exercise fun — take a class in something totally new or pair activity with something else you enjoy. Involve other people in exploring a park, working toward a goal with you, or just picking up that coffee and walking with it. Regular exercise reduces anxiety, improves concentration, and makes it easier to sleep restfully, so don’t worry about how you look, and enjoy the way you feel.


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