It really comes down to this. Chemical responses in our brains make us more able or less able to handle life well. For example, we hear about dopamine trails in our brain, where we seek the repeated release of the “feel good” hormone that keeps us motivated and happy to continue a certain behaviour (healthy as in exercise, unhealthy as in drugs).
To know how to stimulate our brains with healthy behaviour is to our great advantage in living healthy lives.
“Easy isn’t necessarily good”. In other words, though it might be easier to get a chemical response met through an easy behaviour, that is usually not a behaviour we want our brains to get used to. It takes effort to not listen to our first impulse but to hear the whisper of an unmet need or belief beneath it and strive towards that instead.
As mentioned, rigorous exercise is a great way to experience the healthy release of dopamine. Although this may not be the easy way, a simple strategy for motivation is to focus your mind on the positive end result (the good feeling after a hard workout) rather than the exercise itself. Your brain and your body will thank you.