3 Ways to Intensify Your Workout
By Genevieve Cunningham
Sometimes when you’re working out, you hit a bit of a lull. You’re going through the motions, but you just don’t have the same energy in your exercise routine that you used to. If this has happened to you, you have two options. You can wait it out and hope it gets better, or you can look for ways to intensify your workout right now. If you want to make a dent in your fitness goals, you should definitely choose the latter. For tips on getting started, check out these three ways to boost your exercise routine and intensify your workout.
Shorten Your Time
You might think that a shorter workout means less intensity, but not if you approach it in the right manner. Try to do your normal workout, no shortcuts, but in less time. This will require you to work harder and faster in order to complete the exercises in less time than usual. Don’t push yourself too hard … you don’t want to shave 30 minutes off of your time, but even five or 10 minutes will force your intensity level up a notch.
Take a Friend
Unless your friend likes to talk more than work out, exercising with a friend almost always forces you to up your game. Subconsciously we try just a little bit harder and push a little bit extra in order to look our best. It also gives us a bit of camaraderie, which helps us stay mentally focused and motivated. Just choose your friend wisely … the right friend will encourage and help without providing too much distraction.
Shoot for a Personal Record
We usually leave personal records (and attempts at breaking them) to the pros. Unless we’re training for an event, most of us don’t worry too much with the specifics of our exercise routine. If you’d really like to up your intensity, set a goal of beating your personal best. Then work toward that goal until it has been met. Sometimes all it takes is a new goal and perspective to get us up and moving a little bit faster.
Your workout needs a push every now and again. We need to take our workouts up a notch, push harder, run faster, and work toward a better body and better fitness level. Use these tips to make your workout harder and more intense and to get closer to your fitness goals than ever before.