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#302: How Intense Are You?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I have read in various fitness magazines about intensity and how working out intensively will improve our exercises and speed the results we derive from our workouts. emoticon

Intensity is more mental than physical and is the result of desiring something with our very being. Intensity drives us full bore toward our goals and ensures that nothing less than our utmost effort will suffice.

Perhaps you are beginning a jogging program or are only up to two chin-ups or 10 pushups at a time. The quantity is not as important as the intensity with which you complete your exercises, fitness experts say. Do them so intensely that all else around you disappears. Focus firmly on feeling the muscles during the exercise and give each one your all.

They claim that if we approach things with intensity we will soon discover amazing things happening. The weight we wanted to lose will begin to disappear emoticon . The exercises that seemed so hard at first now are hard to ignore. Our mountain of anxiety will begin to disappear. Our sleep will improve. emoticon

Intensity is becoming oblivious to everything else around us for the time we are exercising. Exercise time is workout time, not time to stress over problems or think of the grocery list. An intense attitude will flush out those worries and allow the exercises to be more effective. Go all out for the time you workout. Test your limits. Eliminate thinking about anything that has no bearing on what you are trying to accomplish at the moment.

Most of know what it feels like to be physically exhausted after a workout. We know what it is like to be aware of muscles we were not sure we had. But perhaps it is time we racheted up the intensity level, to pull everything we have from every workout session and get the most from every exercise. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Perhaps it is time we become more dynamic and rigorous in what we do, in our workouts and in our lives. No more half-efforts. Full out all of the time, every time.

Intensity. Let's try it for added success. emoticon
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  • PEPPERLEAH
    Sometimes I am lacking in intensity. Thaks for the great reminder!
    3959 days ago
  • TINKERBELL200
    I am intense, but not always in exercise! LOL! Great advise in your blog! I'll try it! Thanks Lou!
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    Lynne
    3959 days ago
  • PUDLECRAZY
    I wish my activity levels got as intense as my personality emoticon
    3959 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    emoticon Now is the time! I like the word Passion, be passionate about everything you do including exercise. emoticon
    3959 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    Thanks for the info. Lou.... maybe it will help me get through May with some better results then April has shown me!!!

    ~Kim
    3959 days ago
  • MANIERICHARDS
    Sometimes, doing exercise at a regular schedule helps. Love all the cute pictures.
    3959 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Lou, thanks for this blog. I'll keep in mind for when my hip gets better and I can be more intense in my exercise. Right now, I can walk, but avoid really fast walking and inclines. But at least I have my dr's go-ahead to keep walking! emoticon emoticon
    Nancy
    3959 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Lou, thanks for this blog. I'll keep in mind for when my hip gets better and I can be more intense in my exercise. Right now, I can walk, but avoid really fast walking and inclines. But at least I have my dr's go-ahead to keep walking! emoticon emoticon
    Nancy
    3959 days ago
  • AGAWRITER
    Working out, and everything else in life too. I guess enough intensity and you would run out of worry time.
    3960 days ago
  • JUSTDUCKY1405
    That's why my motto is MAKE IT COUNT! There are days, like today, that it's really hard to get that intensity factor into it! And then... there are days where I am amazed at my own intensity level! If only we could stay at that momentum...

    Thus... I accept that just as there are highs and lows in life... it is only natural for the same to take shape in our work outs!

    I don't know where you keep coming up with all these great blogs... but keep em coming Lou!

    Another gooder!
    3960 days ago
  • LAURIES_PLACE
    This is something I have been thinking about lately. Morning walks have become a time to "push it." emoticon Strength training has turned into "Can I do five more with good form?" emoticon emoticon emoticon This has enabled me to see better results, see changes in my body, and given me a feeling of accomplishment. I am more agile, have better balance, and enjoying going for it. Life is good. emoticon
    3960 days ago
  • YATMAMA
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    3960 days ago
  • TKADEEPBREATH
    I heard one, "It's not that people aim too high and miss, it's that they aim too low and HIT". Dream big I always say, what have you got to loose?

    I'm with you on going for it .. . .with all my heart.

    Take care, Jan
    3960 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    This was a great blog, Lou! emoticon
    3960 days ago
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