06 Feb Tips: Intensity
A funny thing happened at the gym today. After 25+ years of going to the gym 5 days per week, I thought I'd seen everything! Today, there was a man sitting on the leg press machine for an hour+. His "duration" in the gym was an hour, but his "intensity" was non existent. He literally read the entire L.A. Times cover to cover while sitting on the machine. I could not make such a thing up!? He did not do any exercise, only read the newspaper. When he finished reading, he got up and left. Last time I checked, the gym doesn't work through osmosis. You actually need to do something.
Duration: The key is that you don't need to spend 3 hours in the gym. In today's busy lifestyles, "intensity" is much more important than duration. I believe in realistic fitness. Meaning, if you are a very busy person, it may not be realistic to think you can workout 6 days per week, 3 hours per day. It may be realistic for you to train 4 days per week, 1 hour per day. It is vital to look at your schedule and realistically set your fitness goals. If you are too ambitious and set your goals to high, you will set yourself up for failure and most likely be frustrated and give up. I believe in setting realistic fitness goals and be motivated and empowered by your successes. Baby steps.