The exercise bet

If you are any kind of parent – stay at home, working, or work from home – finding the time and motivation to exercise is tough. I do like to exercise but the later in the day I push it off, the less likely it is to happen. And I feel like I get less things done if I exercise later in the day. The ideal time to squeeze in exercise is to do it first thing in the morning before the rest of the family rises.

I have tried to exercise early in the morning off and on for years. I am successful in the summer when the sun is streaming in my window at 6am, birds are chirping, the quiet summer morning is beckoning. Come December when it’s pitch black and my husband has turned down the heat at night in my drafty old house to 62 degrees, you better believe I am leaning on that snooze button. Enter the bet.

My friend’s husband has had an ongoing bet for years with an out of town buddy. The bet is simple – they both have to run (on their own of course as they are in separate cities) four times each week. If one of them doesn’t run four times, they have to pay the other $50. Yes, sounds like a lot, but I think in the five years this bet has been going on, it’s only been broken two or three times. Money=motivation.

So enter my friend and our bet. A while ago we were talking about how we wanted to exercise in the morning, how is gets your day off to such a great start, it’s out of the way, you’re in a good mood, etc. So we established our own bet. Money as a wager didn’t make as much sense for us – and my husband would kill me if I had to fork over $50 – so our bet is as follows: Each person has to exercise three weekday mornings before the kids get up. This means you have to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes and it has to be wrapped up by 7 am. If someone doesn’t fulfill the bet one week, she has to make the other family a dinner (of their choice) and deliver it one night the following week. We have been doing this for a few weeks and we have both held up the bet so far. Dinner=motivation. Another friend has actually joined us – and she’s a really good cook! Wish me luck……

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