Intensity is a big fitness buzz word. Intensity brings to mind a shattered body, sweat pooling on the floor, chest heaving up and down, fighting for oxygen. Intensity can be a marker of how hard you’ve worked.

It doesn’t have to mean you’ve destroyed yourself. Intensity can also be about your approach to fitness and life. It can mean you have excellent focus and an ability to push through confusion and distractions. You may not be able to physically do an Earth shattering workout. But you prepare and execute each workout with as much effort and energy as you can.

Don’t be intimidated by the fact others around you talk about annihilating their bodies. Don’t worry that you need to vomit post workout as a mark of your strength. Worry about giving the very best possible effort you can manage. Do your best. If walking 1000 steps in a day is all you can do, then do it with all the focus and energy you can bring to the table. Don’t let anything get in the way of that 1000 steps. Finish, and rejoice that you finished. Then take just one more step.

That’s intensity. You own this.

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