What Motivates Me: Megan Wood

by Megan on March 28, 2011

I don’t even like to run to catch the train.  I have been known to put on my yoga clothes, then take a nap.  During Cross Country practice in high school, I would hide in the gym instead of running laps on the track.  I’m lazy.  I’m human.

There are hundreds of things I can do to fill up my day: writing this article, my new kind-of boyfriend, making dinner, running errands, paying bills – the list goes on.  Somewhere in there I need to decide that going for a run is more beneficial than calling my friend in Los Angeles.

But once I do find my motivation, the endorphins kick in, I feel connected to my body, and I start to relax and enjoy myself.  I wonder why I would ever try to avoid something that brings me so many mental and physical rewards.

I vow to myself that I will put an end to the procrastination, which brings me to the question: what motivates me to exercise?


Making a running date with a friend is an amazing motivator.  You don’t want to let your friend down and will be more likely to run further and with more consistency.


Bribery.  I’m obsessed with food and after a 90 minute yoga class I like to reward myself with a trip to the dumpling shop.  It can be whatever works for you – a new pair of running shoes, a massage, or guilty pleasure TV.

The high

Any running addict will talk about runner’s high if you let them, and it exists.  BUT you can’t feel all those amazing endorphins unless you actually run!


I’m confident.  My clothes fit me.  I have low cholesterol.  These things are not a coincidence- they are the results of regular exercise.


Some people are all or nothing.  They like to have an end goal to work towards.  If you are one of these people, sign up for a 5K, a half marathon, or even a marathon and start training everyday.  Take a 30 day yoga challenge.  Commit.


My Bikram Yoga teacher likes to say, “The only bad class is the one you don’t come to.”  Essentially, just show up.  A one mile run is better than not running. Find your motivation.

Photo Credit: Al Abut on Flickr

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Teodora April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

not to mention that the best ideas for new projects, solutions for otherwise depressing problems, and great revelations are given a chance to be born in the monotony of exercise. I love that.

Megan Wood April 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You’re absolutely right Teodora. It’s a great way to “tune in” with your mind and body.

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