We have all seen the research that’s all over the place.  Regular exercise is good for you.  It can reduce your chances of things like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and the list goes on.  It can even help improve mental health.  Sounds appealing, right?  So why do so few of us actually do it?


My name is Susan Masterson, and I have spent much of my life as an on-again-off-again exerciser.  So much, in fact, I dedicated almost two years of my life studying what it takes to make it stick.  With that much research under my belt, why would I keep all that great information to myself?

Why Follow Me?

This website is for people struggling to get moving, or having trouble keeping it up for any length of time.  Here I share  insights from my own research about regular exercise, as well as other studies about what works.

My doctorate is in Health Psychology, and since 1987 I have been studying and/or working in the area of behavior change.  After years working to help people improve behavior and mental health, I’m ready to devote my time and energy to what I love.  I am staying active (I lost 20 pounds in 2017) and want to help others do the same.   I will bring you research-based ideas to motivate yourself, keep at it, and thrive!

The name of this website says it all – I’ve built up an extensive knowledge base about what’s involved in “striving to thrive”.  I want this website to be a valuable source of information and motivation, but it’s not intended as clinical advice.  Be sure to consult your own physician regarding type and amount of exercise that is safe and healthy, but come back here regularly to get a dose of motivation!


Subscribe here to gain access to exclusive supportive posts and a downloadable worksheet to keep track of your progress!  It’s free!