While before I have discussed marking your exercise days on a 30-day monthly calendar with a red (days missed) or black (days in which you exercised) marker and aiming to never accumulate 3 red days in a row, there is another useful way you can use your monthly exercise calendar.
When starting an exercise program it is always ideal to input fail-safes to keep you motivated when you are struggling; you can do this by marking your personal records on the calendar as well.
For example, if you reach your goal of completing five push-ups, mark it on the calendar. Then, set a a new goal for more push-ups and when you reach it, mark it on the calendar again.
There is nothing more motivating then seeing the progress you've made as you start to feel stronger and continue to stick with your routine!
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.