20 Days, 20 Tips, Farewell 20’s: #10

Day #10: Push Yourself

Push Yourself
Don’t settle for an easy workout. It is better to workout seriously for half an hour than to leisurely workout at half speed for an hour. When you start a workout set your aim high. Add extra onto whatever your initial goal is.

Say you are going to do crunches. How many crunches can you do? Inevitably you will decide on a number less than what you can actually achieve. We just tend to do that to ourselves. Say you decide 50 quality crunches at 3 sets will be a good workout. Hmm sounds good. Well, add 25 to that. Do the 50 and push through the extra 25 to go above and beyond your expectations. If you have to ease up to 60 for the second set and 55 for the third at least you did 35 more than you set out to do in the first place. This will keep you always pushing ahead. Same goes for running, bench press, pull-ups any workout. You can always do a few more reps or 5 more minutes. Adding these small numbers each time or each week to your workouts will build your strength up to where you may eventually realize you can do sets of 100 crunches whereas initially starting at 50 you would have thought 100 to be daunting.

…kind of an ironic tidbit… initially I thought I would do 10 tips, but pushed it to 20. Daunting, but I’m only 9 away from finishing now. πŸ™‚

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