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Here’s your No. 1 fitness tip

Don't fail to achieve the results you want
By: Debra Skelton Granite Bay View Correspondent
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Debra Skelton is a certified fitness consultant, a licensed nurse and owner of Motivative Health and Fitness. She can be reached at

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You’re going to love this tip because it’s so simple and yet it makes all of the difference when it comes to your fitness results.

The sad truth is that more than 90 percent of gym-goers fail to achieve the level of results they want — even after a full year of faithfully going through their routine.

Maybe you can relate.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I believe you deserve to get the highest level of results possible from the valuable time you invest in exercise. This simple concept has the power to dramatically accelerate your fitness results.

Without further adieu, the tip: The results you achieve are equal to the intensity of your workout.

In other words, you get what you give when it comes to exercise and results.

If you simply go through the motions, while staying in your comfort zone, then re-sults will always be a hope for tomorrow and not today’s reality.

So, what exactly do I mean when I say “intensity?”

Intensity is a measure of how much energy you’re expending while exercising. The harder you push yourself, the higher your intensity. When you’re simply going through the motions of a routine, without digging down and giving it your all, the workout lacks intensity and your results will disappoint.

During your workout, pay attention to how you feel. Could you be working harder? If the honest answer is yes, then step it up a notch. It’s worth it.

In addition to seeing awesome results quickly, there are two more benefits to bringing up your exercise intensity. The first benefit is that when you bring the intensity, you’re able to shorten exercise time. This means less time spent sweating away in the gym and more time doing the things you really love. All while getting even better results than with longer, low-intensity workouts.

The second benefit is the after-burn you’ll ex-perience following an intense workout. Simply put, this means your body will continue to burn extra calories long after you have finished exercising. Talk about supercharging your re-sults.

Just imagine how quickly your body could transform when you begin to harness the power of exercise intensity.

One thing to remember: It’s important that you never sacrifice proper form in favor of intensity. As soon as your form starts to be compromised, reduce your in-tensity to where proper form is achieved.