He wrote that he knew he should exercise but wasn't fitting it into his day.
He would go to bed with good intentions but - "then come morning, I'd wake up and check my e-mail. Or decide to get to the office a little early to get organized. Or just sleep an extra half hour."
I know the feeling.
One afternoon, Ward was sharing my frustration over this with a co-worker.
"As soon as you wake up," the co-worker said, "put on your running shoes."
"That's it?" Ward asked.
"Sure," she said. "If you put your running shoes on, chances are, you'll use them. If you don't, you'll probably keep finding excuses not to."
The advice led to success, Ward wrote.
"Bingo! In the past 18 months, I've done a combination of walking and running about three miles on more than 300 mornings."
I have an additional motivator - a nervous terrier who also needs exercise.
If I see him waiting by the door, tail wagging, then it's hard to say no to a walk or a run.
I just need to make sure I already have my running shoes on.
What about you? How do you motivate yourself to get the exercise and stress relief you need?
Brad McElhinny is editor of the Charleston Daily Mail. Call him at 304-348-1703 or email him at bra...@dailymail.com. On Twitter he is @BradMcElhinny. His newsroom blog is at http://blogs.dailymail.com/editorsdesk/