As an personal trainer and weight loss trainer, I’m always responding to health and fitness-related questions from my clients on social media , and in the Start TODAY Group on Facebook. In this article I will address the top frequently asked problems and questions that trip people up when they attempt to create a healthy and fitness regimen.

What’s the distinction between exercise and training?

It is possible to hear the terms “training” or “exercising” used interchangeably and you might be wondering what the difference is? As a fitness and health coach, I find that the majority people I work with have the general objectives of losing weight or creating a routine of exercise.

Exercise is a sport that requires physical effort in order to enhance fitness and improve health. It could be anything from leisure sports, such as tennis, to a walk routine, to exercising with dumbbells. In general, exercise increases your heart rate over the normal rate of rest and forces you to work harder than you do in your normal routine. However, exercise is an activity done to do it at the present time and to ensure our general health. It’s not designed for “train” the body or help you reach an even greater fitness accomplishment in the near future.

Training is the process of exercise with a specific goal or purpose. Training as part of a fitness program is more strategic. Think of it as exercise using the long game in your mind. Training is generally a process of working out in a planned manner to track improvement and performance. The most advanced quality of training is for professional athletes. The practices they perform prior to games aren’t simply a means of exercising and training for certain performance levels during the game or in competition. Anyone who is training for a marathon or fitness event must also adhere to strict training regimens. On a lesser scale training, it can be utilized to build up a particular part of the body, or to enhance endurance for cardiovascular exercise. In this regard is more about the method rather than the every day exercise.

Although it’s not required to show fitness and health improvement, working out with a purpose in mind is a motivator for some individuals. Here are a few ways to transform your workouts into goals-oriented training sessions

Are you running?

Register for either a half or 5K race and transform your runs into workouts. Join the running club or sign up for a distance race or join an online plan of training or an app. Instead of just exercising you’ll be able to follow a plan to increase your endurance and reach the goal of running faster or for longer.

Do you enjoy playing physical games?

Participating in taking part in a Spartan Race, Tough Mudder or CrossFit competition will transform your routine workouts into training sessions. There will be an agenda of the things and exercises you’ll have to master, as well as the support system of an instructor, coach or anyone else who is working on the race. Similar to playing sports, you’ll also have the company of your teammates practicing to compete.

Do you want to take your cardio routine to the next step?

Do you want to transform your leisurely swims or bicycle rides into something that is more competitive? Joining an event, such as a race, team of swimmers or a cycling competition can transform your usual leisure routine into training sessions. Aiming for a swim meet, regardless of whether it’s a relay event or an individual contest or choosing to bike at a particular distance, will provide you with a goal to strive towards, which will turn your routine exercise into training.

You’re happy with what you’re doing? There’s no need to do any thing! As an instructor for over 15 years, I’ve barely “trained” to do anything. I trained for a 10K for one of my customers who requested that I do the race with her, and for a 5K in order to inspire my clients to achieve it too. In other words, I like working out for the sake of being healthy, committing all of my energy, time and attention to my body each day and working towards my fitness goals, which don’t have anything to do with events, races or particular improvements.

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What is the difference Between Exercising and Training?