Intensity is More Important Than Time

Intensity is More Important Than Time

We believe, with absolute certainty, that how (intensity) you do something, almost anything, is more important than how long (time) you do it.

  • How effectively you study, is more important than how long you study.
  • How productively you work, is more important than how long you work.
  • How well you sleep, is more important than how long you sleep for.
  • How great your vacation is, is more important than how long it is.

Isn’t how you love much more important than how long you love?

Stop and ponder this for a second…

…wouldn’t being able to truly love, even for a short period of time, be far more beneficial than being in the “wrong” relationship for a long time? 🤔

That’s deep huh? But think about it. We bet you will agree.

Are you seeing the pattern here now?

A Focused Intensity

We are quite sure you might be able to find a couple of off-the-wall examples where this might not be true, but overall, HOW YOU DO SOMETHING really matters most, no?

One place we can promise you this really holds true? Exercise!

Your exercise intensity is the key to changing the way you look, feel, and perform. No question about this.

Does this mean that every single bout of exercise should be at a maximum, 100% effort? Nope!

But it absolutely does mean, simply going through the motions, for hours on end, provides little benefit.

With that said, before all the cardiologists in the world jump on us…there are benefits to less intense cardiovascular exercise. We are not suggesting you cut walks, bike rides, etc.

We simply want to make this crystal clear. The intensity with which you approach your fitness regiment is far more important than the time you put into it.

When you learn to work HARDER instead of LONGER, you will be amazed at the changes you see and how you feel. (Obviously, endurance athletes are excluded.)

HIIT It

One of the best, most prominent examples of this would be incorporating HIIT (high-intensity interval training) into your program. Even just 2-3 times a week. Just 12-15 minutes of HIIT training will make a world of difference.

It doesn’t matter where you start or what exercise you choose to perform really. The key, once again, is the AMOUNT OF EFFORT you place into whatever it is you choose to do.

Stationary bike, treadmill, stepper, elliptical, rower, swimming, outdoor sprints, biking…we don’t care!

Find a way, mentally and physically, to push yourself into 2-3 HIIT sessions per week.

You have the time for this. You can certainly find the time for this. Best of all, the results will be well worth the time you put in.

The “effects” of these short HIIT sessions will provide extended boosts, even after exercise, to your metabolism and use up the fat-storing enzymes such as lipoprotein lipase (LPL), thus essentially locking the door of your fat cells.

Great news when it comes to weight loss and/or management no?

Let’s stop wasting precious time. Get in, get it done, get out! And then remember…take this approach with you elsewhere!

Your INTENSITY matters!

Always Remember…

You only have one life to live, one body to live it in, so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of movement daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help, so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.

Live a 3D life…Decisions Determine Destinations!

19 thoughts on “Intensity is More Important Than Time

  1. H. Tracy says:

    I definitely agree that intensity matters a lot more than the period of time! I’m not a big fan of exercising but I started Yoga lately and at first I felt like I had to put a lot of time in it, even though I didn’t feel like I was making any big progresses. But once I learned the basic things, I started to focus more on every class and try to follow the exact directions of our instructor. Guess what? Once I started paying more attention, I felt like my training got a lot more intense and that I was really making progresses. So in this case, it didn’t really depend on me at first, but once I got used to the skills, it really started to depend on me. This experience taught me to use my time in a smart way and make the most of it, without losing a second because of losing concentration or anything of this kind. It’s really not worth it.

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      You gave a perfect example. Although we didn’t touch on it in our article (we will in a future writing for sure), what you witnessed was an increase in your mind/muscle connection. In other words, an increase in FOCUS, and therefore, INTENSITY! 

      Far too often, those same individuals who are spending way too much time on their exercise are only able to do so because they are merely going through the motions DURING their exercises. In short, their mind/muscle connection is non-existent, thus their intensity if non-existent as well.

      Again, you can work LONG, or you can work HARD, but you cannot do BOTH!

  2. Carolyn says:

    As a naturopathic physician, I have spent a fair amount of time studying exercise physiology.  I appreciate your ideas to motivate all of us to do what we should do.  It seems people either exercise to extreme or don’t exercise at all–either is a recipe for disaster as far as our health is concerned.

  3. Afonso Zhu says:

    It makes sense, I always thought that running 10-20 minutes at 7 MPH is a better exercise than walking one hour at 3 MPH. The amount of sweat you get out from it says it all. Same goes for high intensity workouts, basically the more you sweat the better. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tashibaarzu says:

    Hello! Many thanks for the nice article. Your article is educative and informative. 

    I have got some important ideas and important knowledge about exercise. People always think about their health. Health is a pre needed thing for a healthier and happier life. I try to to to the gym every day for my personal health. That is why I don’t feel any physical problem. People should visit your site to learn some new things.

    Thank you very much for the post. I will share it with my friends.

  5. Petar Leykov says:

    That’s a great article with a lot of truth in it. I am a gym person and have always been a sporting person. When it comes to exercises there is the argument which way it’s better for you – the intensive and short drill or the less intensive and longer training. Probably there will be a lot of people advocating the longer training sessions because of the theory that you need the time your muscles to recover but judging from my experience the more intensive training gives a better result in future. As you mentioned it, these short and intensive drills are extremely efficient for people who want to lose weight. Thank you again for that great read. Good luck. 

  6. Md Millat says:

    Intensity is very important to our bodies. The intensity of my practice is the key to changing the way I feel and perform, my intensity is what matters most to me. No matter how much time I spend on keeping my body fit, how much I spend on the body is the intensity of it. By doing this exercise I can reduce my body weight. I will use fat-storage enzymes like lipoprotein lipase, thus locking the doors of my fat cells. After reading this article I have gained a great deal of knowledge about my bodyweight loss and I am benefited I think other people like me will benefit from the valuable information about this article after reading this article.

  7. Tasmia Ferdous says:

    I really appreciate this article.
    Thank you so much for sharing this essential article with us. Your post is very helpful to me.
    I can find time to go missing for work but don’t have time to spend. Your post made me curious. I’ll do a short HIIT. And buy ThermoMode Ultimate Fat Burner from Amazon. I hope I can overcome fat. I will share with you my next experience. I will share this topic with my friends, I hope he will be interested too.

    Lastly, I want to say that I will share this post on social media. I hope this post will benefit others.

  8. Julius says:

    I appreciate your post because there was a dogma among fitness trainers some 5-10 years that the right thing to do while considering your exercise is more( longer) repeats are the best. now, I know those specialists were wrong in those days.

    I have to agree with you and what you write in your post is 100% valid. I was struggling to find the right way how to be effective for ages, but all changes, as I am increasing the number of repeats, and the duration of my training is staying approximately the same. 

    The only outcome is that I do train more intense and the results have never been so good in the relation of my body shape. Perfect post! Do you have suggestions on how long should one training last? And also if you do just one part per day, like a back for example, or combination of two, so back and legs for example.

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      Good day, Julius! Our standard recommendation is that no more than 12-15 minutes is needed per “cardio training” session and no more than 45-60 minutes is needed per “resistance training” session. 

      Whether you do these together, in the same session, or separately is completely up to you, so long as the cardio is NEVER done before the resistance training, in the same session.

      As for training splits, depending on age, recovery ability, nutrition, etc, we would either recommend a one-body part per day split or a three-day split (push, pull, legs).

      Again, this is a pretty common general recommendation for us, but there could be variations depending on the above. Hope this helps! Keep it up!

  9. Limon says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful article.

    Exercise plays an important role in maintaining physical fitness and keeping your body weight balanced. Also, there is no substitute for exercise to maintain the bones of the body, strengthen the muscles and maintain the normal functioning of the organs. If I do not exercise, my muscles will gradually become weak and the risk of various diseases in the body will increase.

    We generally exercise to protect our physical fitness and to maintain good health. But in addition to good health, exercise is also important to keep yourself safe from the risk of various diseases. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other diseases. Do you have a place to exercise? 

    thank you so much.!

  10. John Stevens says:

    This is a great article. Many people think the longer in the gym the better. Not true. Sometimes the best workouts are the intense ones, not the long ones!

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