You’re probably familiar with the words “training intensity.” But what do they mean? To a kinesiologist, intensity is a way to determine how much energy your body is expending during exercise. It’s a measure of your effort against your maximum capability. In other words, it’s way to gauge power output.
Depending on the amount of energy you expend or the intensity of a workout, your body will use fuel differently. For example, high-intensity exercise will cause your body to use carbohydrates because of their quick energy production. Unfortunately, your stores of carbohydrates are limited and can deplete rather quickly, leaving you with an empty tank.
Research has shown that high-intensity exercise is a powerful method to increase your body’s ability to rely on stored fat for fuel, which will allow you to work out longer, and it can have a positive impact on your body compostion.
Increasing the intensity will not only help you burn through extra calories, it will challenge your cardiovascular and muscular systems in ways they may not be accustomed to. New challenges to your body generally turn into great physique and performance enhancements.
Using the following intensity increasers will help you keep your muscle mass high and your body fat low, all year round.