Challenged to Beat Your Personal Best

 Happy motivational Monday! Today’s tip is about staying motivated the push yourself through your workouts. Sometimes I’m guilty of just going through the motions during a workout. I’m getting it done, but I’m not pushing myself to work my hardest or challenging myself in a way to get the most out of my workouts.

Any workout is better than no workout, but focusing and pushing myself will help me get stronger and burn more calories. After all, isn’t that the goal?
 
Keeping a workout log is a simple yet very effective tool. A workout log is easy to use and a way to keep focused and stay challenged through out your workouts. I use my log to track workouts, reps completed and weight used.
 
 Majority of my workouts are some form of intervals. They may be all cardio intervals, or all strength intervals, or a mix of both. Tracking the reps completed with in each timed interval helps me see visually if I’m improving and getting stronger. I approach every workout too as a chance to beat my personal best.
 
Knowing when I do a workout the last time I was able to complete x number of reps, or do x number of push ups with in the intervals motivates me to push hard and beat my previous personal best. 
 
Working to beat my personal best keeps me challenged throughout each workout. Tracking my workouts in a log has been an easy and effective way to make sure I’m moving forward, getting stronger, and giving each workout my all.
 
If you don’t track your workouts, give it a try.  It really is satisfying to push and challenge yourself to beat your personal best.
 
By the way, if you’re interested in hearing a motivational story, this Tuesday at 8pm EST I’m hosting a call with Bree Boyce – Miss South Carolina 2011. Bree has lost over 100 lbs and has kept it off for several years now. I’ll be chatting it up with this inspiring lady about what’s worked, what hasn’t, and how she’s now using her weight loss story to help inspire others in the fight against obesity. To register, go here.

 

Brooke

Brooke Schlenker helps busy womensquash the common excuse that they don’t have time to exercise.Sharing ideas, tips, and workouts she helps women look and feel better, stay motivated, and fit exercise into their already busy lives.

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