When I was suffering from writer’s block, I found a great solution: commit to a Minimum Viable Daily Action (MVDA) for 100 days. I set the bar low (open the damn file and make one edit) and easily surpassed it because what I really needed to do was just start. I finished my edits on the 100th day. Pop the champagne!

If you’re on a diet, reaching your goal weight is a huge accomplishment. It’s something you can point to with pride and say, “I did that.” Lord knows keeping it off is not easy, but you don’t need to keep setting new weight loss goals for the rest of your life.

Fitness is a different beast. There is no finish line. No day when you can sit back and say, “There! Glad that’s done!” The Tyranny of Fitness is that it never ends and it never gets better. The more time goes by, the harder and longer you have to run just to stay where you are. Oh, you might set a specific goal – run a 10K, say – but then what? Hang up your shoes and admire your medal? The minute you do, all that lovely fitness starts to melt away, and before you know it, you’re panting up the stairs again. Put those shoes back on your aching feet and train for a marathon. And you’re still not done. Because the Torture. Never. Stops.

So here’s my question: How do you stay fit when you know it’s a treadmill with no end and you’re not a sportsy type of person who just loves fitness-making activities for their own sake? I’m serious. I will post a follow-up with your best suggestions.

On your marks…

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