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awesome secret to help you exercise every day

I was thinking about this the other day and I realized that I have unknowingly developed a rather fool-proof system which has, regardless of the weather or how busy I am, really helped get me motivated to work out every single day for over four years!

So what is this incredible, awesome, bad-ass system you ask?


I do NOT allow myself to take a shower unless I have earned it through working out/exercising for at least 30 minutes. As a side note: said workout also has to get me relatively smelly and/or sweaty... and no... there are absolutely NO exceptions...

If I need to be somewhere and I want to take a shower beforehand, guess who needs to make some time to work out an hour prior to leaving? You guessed it...

At this point you probably think I'm crazy, but this system is actually quite beautiful once you get it installed in your own life. For me, taking a shower has become such an integral part of my daily routine that I honestly have not had the option of skipping a single d…
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