Do One Thing: Exercise for Success

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

Your salary could increase by 10% – if you exercise 3x per week compared to a couch-potato. Researchers at Cleveland State University hypothesize that fitness enthusiasts earn more because exercise makes them more productive. (Real Simple, March 2014)


A daily workout will do you good.  I was speaking with a co-worker recently and he told me about his lower cholesterol success.  He joked the only change he’s made is attending our company-sponsored exercise classes every work day for a year.  His cholesterol dropped 63 points! He adds the exercise class as a scheduled daily appointment and never misses it.  You’re more likely to exercise if you make it an appointment. Your health is important, schedule it and make it happen.


Encourage activity through small changes.  I do anything to get more steps on my pedometer.  It’s my justification that my forgetful memory “helps” with extra steps.  I moved my trash can out of my office – now if I want to throw something away, I have to get up and walk – adding about 100 daily steps to my pedometer, because I do each item individually. I’ve noticed I’ve started parking farther away and volunteering to make errands as well, anything to get those steps.  Make small changes like this, including wearing a pedometer, and it can make a big difference.

running calendar

Reward yourself. I put a star on my calendar each day that I complete an exercise class, run 4 miles, do 5 minutes of planks or 20 rock & roll ups.  I love seeing the progress and it keeps me motivated to keep going.  Think about your reward: stars, hot baths, music for your playlist – if it works for you, it works.

Exercise will make you feel better and may help you become more productive and successful.  It’s worth it to get out there and do something, anything to get moving.


  1. […] Letting your lazy days take over your life.  I’ve been pretty stressed out.  The weather has been terrible, I’ve had too much to do and I hadn’t been able to work out regularly. So, I’d spend my days watching TV in bed.  I did this every night for two months.  It wasn’t good or healthy.  I’d let my lazy days take over my life!  Relaxation is important and necessary.  You need to re-charge.  But if you get in a situation like me, think about what you’re really doing and make changes to deal with the real issue.  Luckily, I had a TV intervention, the weather is beautiful and I’m back to my running routine. […]

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