My friend (who is also a trainer) gave me a simple tip that is paying off big time: "You sometimes need to slow things down to go faster." Not too long ago, I hit a wall with my workouts. When I tried to increase the intensity, I'd find myself getting winded — not OK. It left me feeling puzzled, out of energy, and frustrated. I'd keep trying, but again, the same results. Shawn, the trainer/friend, suggested that I work out at a slightly lower intensity, but for a longer period of time. Doing this builds up the body's endurance, which helps it take on bigger challenges over time. If you find yourself in this same predicament, slow things down for a bit and tack on a little time — sometimes taking the long way gets you there quicker.