Many women have the wrong idea about exercise. To them, exercise is intended for the exclusive purpose of helping them to lose weight. Therefore, when they lose the weight, they tend to stop exercising as hard. Or, if they've eaten particularly poorly for a week, for instance, they might step up their exercise.
This philosophy fails to see the larger picture. Exercise is for your heart and your health. Yes, there is an added side benefit that it can help you to lose weight, if you are doing it correctly and consistently. This is, however, a side benefit. If you keep the focus on your health, you'll completely shift the way that you look at exercise.
For instance, if you've had a hard week at the office, you might decide not to exercise this week. You'll simply eat less or promise yourself that you'll exercise more. If, instead, you see exercise as a way to mentally clear your mind and physically help your heart, you'll understand that you need to exercise even more this week! If the office has been stressful, it will be great for you to get out and start moving. Even 20 minutes a day can help you to clear your head, to feel refreshed, to replenish your energy, and to get your heart going. That's a lot of benefit for 20 minutes of work!
Creating a new perspective towards exercise can, honestly, have life-altering consequences. Think about it. And then get moving!