BEFORE YOUR WORKOUT
There is no end point when it comes to fitness and physical ability. In order to promote longevity and quality of life, a workout regime needs to FOCUS on exactly that. Every workout and training experience should result in adaptation, lessons learned and progress attained. This will ensure that every successive session is of a higher quality and more innovative than the preceding one.
DURING YOUR WORKOUT
In order to achieve these goals, a shorter workout routine is recommended. A shorter workout will allow you you to FOCUS on your desire for an elevated level of fitness, rather than solely honing in on calories burned. However, this type of FOCUS takes training. Distractions such as music, mirrors and television are discouraged when starting a FOCUS based regime. If used correctly, they may vastly improve your workout, but you should incorporate them back in slowly to be sure they are an asset and not a liability to your progress.
Note, injury and overuse should never be incurred during a workout. The type of movement you are doing is not nearly as important as your FOCUS and attention to detail during the movement. Believe it or not, it is possible to perform a predominantly cardiovascular workout doing strength training, which does not involve any endurance activities whatsoever (ie: walking, running, cycling etc.). Conversely, it is also possible to execute a strength and power based workout using a more endurance based approach such as interspersing running, rowing or climbing. By keeping these facts in mind and utilizing this methodology, joint degeneration and injury due to exhaustion can be negated.
AFTER YOUR WORKOUT
Improved body mechanics through proper FOCUS and correct movement during a workout engenders faster adaptation by the body than the one dimensional approach of calorie consumption and fat burning. Through concentrated movement during your training, you are able to mold the body shape you want - dancer, fighter, gymnast, surfer, you name it! These results carry over into improved body movement patterns during everyday activities such as getting in and out of the car, carrying groceries, lacing up your trainers and so much more!
You are training for your actual life - how to do everything better. As the saying goes, "It's not what you do, but how you do it." Movement is not enough. It has to be perfect movement. Or, at the very least, better movement. Training in this style results in better FOCUS in daily life as well as during a workout.