Graziella Baratta Ventura
Intent Is Everything: Making the Most of Your Workout
Ask yourself this: is it enough to just show up to your workout? There’s no question that a workout done with intent burns more calories and works muscles to a greater extent than a workout you breeze through with little effort. The whole point of a workout is the WORK part. Sometimes this gets missed especially when motivation is low or you’re tired. We’re going to go over how to avoid these obstacles that can hold you back from gaining the most from your workout and achieving your fitness goals.
First, let’s define intent within the context of a workout: exercising with energy and focus geared towards a specific goal. Having been a dance and fitness professional for many years, I have witnessed many a student and client go through a class or training session within a varying range of energy levels from boundless energy to totally zapped. What is evident is that the ones who both show up AND fuel up see the best results. You can't just show up and expect a workout to be done for you as if you’re on some automated machine (case in point why I frown upon some gym machine workouts). Show up and put some intent (energy, focus, purpose) into the workout and you’ll see better, speedier results, not to mention get the most return out of your time and monetary investment. Who can argue with that?!
So how do you actually do this? A few tips:
Proper Form. Be sure to learn the proper form for each exercise so you can perform it with confidence and energy.
Customize It. Your workout must be appropriate for your age and fitness level, otherwise you could risk injury as well as it not being enough to challenge your body.
Find the Fun! As Mary Poppins says, “a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” You’ve got to find an activity that is enjoyable for you. Good music, good instruction are key components! DFF workouts are a perfect blend of full body workouts with detailed instruction and awesome music to accompany it.
Get inspired. In last week’s post I talked about finding your Why for working out, because essentially, that is what will keep you motivated and coming back for more.
I hope you’ve found these practical tips helpful, and I look forward to working out (with intent!
) with you! See you in the studio!