I have a competitive edge. I don't know if it stems from having older siblings, but if I'm doing the same task or activity as someone else, you can bet I'm secretly trying to beat her.
I've noticed that while this is not favorable in many aspects of life (driving, anything involving my husband, etc.) it does have an advantage in fitness. Here's how I work it: I'll step on the treadmill around the same time as the person next to me and I'll tell myself that I'm going to last longer than he does. When the anonymous and unknowing male gym member finally steps off and I'm still going, I feel triumphant and pleased that I worked for five more minutes than I had originally planned. Granted, when attempting to harness your competitive side, you still need to listen to your body and know your limits, but this is a fun little way to motivate yourself to go a little longer than you normally would.
Have you ever done this? If so, share below!