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Workout Intensity vs Entropy

After recovering from climbing Camelback Mountain in the outdoor infrared and under the Phoenix midday sun last week, I noticed an incredible rejuvenation of my entire body. With a calorie burn of 2600 calories you could say that I compacted nearly two weeks worth of gym workouts into that one 3 hour and 20 minute session on the mountain. It was intense, but the result was well worth it.

I thought I would be more sore from that climb, but, due to prep from the infrared sauna training at HOTWORX I powered through the recovery very well to my surprise. I can tell you that weight training and the infrared cardio sessions seemed much easier this past week resulting from that experience too.

Workout intensity is so important. There is only so much that can be accomplished with a just doing the reps, or going through the motions approach. It takes a mind over matter mentality to go to the next level of intensity though.

That climb proved to me once again how important it is to push yourself to what your real “best pace” is when working out. When you do go there, you will be surprised at the gains that you can make in a short period of time. You can reverse the physical tendency towards entropy for a period of time and make substantial gains rapidly, even at my age of 58!

The point is, don’t do just enough to maintain. Don’t just go through the motions. Yes, showing up to the gym is half the battle, but you have to take on the other half of the battle too. Give a little extra next time. Find the energy and fight the good fight!

Though we may never defeat the force of physical entropy, we can certainly improve our longevity and quality of life if we choose to do battle against it every day.

Entropy is the degradation of something from order to chaos. It has been said that entropy is one of the few concepts that provides evidence of the existence of time. Over time things break down from order to chaos. This process can be stalled.

The intensity of our fitness programs will help us to fight back entropy and preserve the order of our physical bodies. We are living longer as a species because we are bio-hacking our way into a better future. The use of infrared training in the battle against entropy is one such bio-hack. An understanding of our physical battle against entropy can help to promote a longer, and healthier experience as we live out our time on this planet.

Stephen Hawking in his book, A Brief History of Time, states that, “The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time.” (1)

Over time, the order of a healthy human body degrades to the chaos of a lower level of health and eventually death. We can’t escape this but we can find ways to increase the quality of our workouts to fight back entropy. One such way is through an infrared fitness program. Without a doubt infrared creates a more intense workout environment, and intensity is your offense against entropy.

Maintaining and improving physical fitness requires an input of energy from an outside source. Energy can be obtained from dietary means, infrared stimulation and from mental focus on a physical goal. In the case of hiking Camelback, water and electrolytes with simple carbs provided the dietary means, and an absolute focus on getting to the top of the mountain provided the energy drive to keep moving towards the goal. The outdoor absorption of infrared from the sun provided an additional cellular stimulation.

So there it is. Diet, movement and a goal. This is the battle plan against entropy as we all do what we can to live longer with more quality of life.

So, wake up and make your bed. Begin your first step of the day with self discipline . Don’t let your day begin with chaos.

Entropy can get the best of businesses too. Without the input of outside energy from new products and new customers a business will succumb to the force of entropy in the same way that a complacent human being loses form and becomes out of shape.

The only way to stay “in shape” is to fight the force of entropy with intensity!

(1) Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time. New York, Bantam Books, 2017.
Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer