The new year provides us with an opportunity to evaluate our health and make a fitness plan or give ourselves a fitness challenge. Why not? You may want to lose 10 pounds, feel better in your clothes or eliminate low back pain. First, you have to think through what your current fitness plan includes (or doesn’t). You have to determine your approach: train or exercise? And, what’s the difference? What is going to give you more lasting and sustainable results from your fitness?
Training means you have a program and you have a plan. You rarely deviate. You plan your days around it. Exercising means you engage in your fitness with fewer constrictions and metrics. Both have tremendous merit.
When you train, you approach your training like you do anything of which you are passionate: your children, your job, church etc. You set measureable goals. You give yourself planned “breaks” or “cheats days.” You realize it may be a sacrifice. Yet, what in your life is something for which you are proud that didn’t require hard work? A good training program will always include rest days. Rest is just as important as the work in a gym or whatever your chosen method of fitness. A simple fitness plan may include training, nutrition and rest. For example, you might train 3 days a week for one hour, increase vegetable intake to 1 cup three times a day and get 7-8 hours of sleep. The training portion is planned: there is a warm up, a conditioning, strength and a core portion. All have specific movements, like push ups, or jumps and have repetitions and outcomes associated with them. They are all achievable.
If training doesn’t sound right for you, it may be time to simply exercise. Science tells us over and over that exercise can “clear your head” and “de-stress.” We should feel good about our exercise even when it isn’t associated with a firm measurable goal in mind. Exercising can include days when you go to the gym with no plan, just to do something because you know “something is better than nothing.” You know you need to be safe and pain-free in all of your movements. You focus less on the outcome and more on the progress. Embrace it. No guilt attached.
So, in 2015, what will you do? Which is right for you? Training or exercising?
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