I would agree with the conclusion of this study of exercise as reported by New York Time's Well blog:
“Health is not an optimal way to make physical activity relevant and compelling enough for most people to prioritize in their hectic lives,” Dr. Segar said in an interview.
Though it seems counterintuitive, studies have shown that people whose goals are weight loss and better health tend to spend the least amount of time exercising. That is true even for older adults, a study of 335 men and women ages 60 to 95 showed.
Rather, immediate rewards that enhance daily life — more energy, a better mood, less stress and more opportunity to connect with friends and family — offer far more motivation, Dr. Segar and others have found.
Read the post in it's entirety here.I admit it freely: I'm a the kind of person that wants what I want, when I want it, and I want it yesterday. Guess that's referred to an instant gratification person. I can't watch the Food channel network for any length of time because I see a cake. I want a cake. I get a cake. I eat a cake.
Translating that to exercise goals is clearly evident: I remember what a pain-free knee feels like. I want a less painful knee. I exercise to reduce pain in my knee. My knee feels less painful after exercising.
Boom. I think that's clearly an example of "....immediate rewards that enhance daily life..."
It really is that simple for me. But I keep my leg weights in a basket next to my recliner in case I forget how much I like having less pain in my knee.