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The Workout Tip Jar — You Earned it!

Let’s face it, building a habit of regular exercise is not easy. Heck for some of us, it’s damn near impossible, but just because something is hard doesn’t mean we should give up. Tomorrow may be the day you build an exercise habit that finally sticks.

Here’s a trick that may work for you. It’s called the Workout Tip Jar.

The concept of a Workout Tip Jar isn’t new, but with Tip Yourself it just got much easier and more powerful. The original concept involved a physical jar where you would add cash. Now with the Tip Yourself app, there’s no longer a problem of having cash available.

Here’s how it works. Each time you workout, tip yourself. How much is up to you. It could be $1, $2, or more. The key is to give yourself a tip and acknowledge that you exercised. Reward yourself.

Start with the goal of 25 workouts.

No timeline, just 25 workouts. If you miss a day or only exercise a couple days in one week, that’s fine. Each workout counts. The real fun is when you get to 25. The money in your Tip Jar is a reward for yourself.

Buy yourself some new workout clothes to compliment your new exercise habit, or treat yourself to a day at the spa to relax all that new muscles you gained. What you do with the cash is up to you, you earned it!

Focus on the long-term.

Many other workout plans involve strict daily or weekly goals. One miss and you’re off plan. That’s not the case with your Workout Tip Jar. There are no weekly or daily goals you have to hit.

Each time you get some exercise in, add money to your Workout Tip Jar.

Seeing your Workout Tip Jar add up is a great form of motivation. Find what works for you. Some folks like to see how big they can get their Tip Jar balance and enjoy seeing it grow over time.

For others, they set a specific dollar amount where they cash out to reward themselves with a purchase. For example, if you tip yourself $2 per workout, when you hit 25 workouts you can decide to cash out that $50 and treat yourself to something fun.

It’s up to you! It’s your Workout Tip Jar. You earned that money!!

So what do you think? Are you going to start a workout tip jar today?

A lifelong student of habits and behavior change. Mike is the CEO and co-founder of Tip Yourself, a mobile app and community focused on saving money through positivity and small shifts in habit.

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