A number of well conducted studies have clearly demonstrated that exercise offers a number of physical and mental benefits. Like many people, I know that exercise makes me feel better and reduces my stress significantly but I too often fail to go for a run or make it to yoga because my to do list is too long. If we all know, what keeps us from engaging in this activity as frequently as we should? A study conducted by Mark Anshel, Ph.D. found that a powerful tool to motivate people to exercise more often is to link exercise to longer term goals. For example, on a values questionnaire individuals report that time with their family, faith health, job success, and well-being as all being important goals in their life. Because exercise helps combat stress and promote health, one can argue that it will help individuals meet these larger goals. The study found that individuals who received coaching were the coach linked life goals to exercise were more likely to engage in regular exercise. Next time I am tempted to skip scheduled exercise, I will remind myself that exercise will most likely increase my efficiency and ultimately help me reach my goals.