If you’re exercising but need to be training, you’ll never make it to your end-goal.
Many people equate exercise and training to the same thing, and may even use the two words interchangeably when talking about running, hitting the gym, lifting weights — or doing anything to get your heart rate up, muscles “burning,” and blood pumping.
Any credible fitness professional knows, however, that there’s a crucial difference between the two.
The difference is all in the intention behind the activity. If you’ve got a specific goal, it’s important you know the difference between exercise and training and apply each of them appropriately.
Let’s dive into exercise first. Then we’ll look at training and how to smartly use both to optimize your fitness and health.
“Balance” is bullsh*t.
I’m about to severely disappoint some wellness yuppies who are still entangled in the idea that “balance” is the endpoint. The ultimate goal. The “Look, Ma, I’ve made it.”
“Balance” is what you discover in the trenches of Instagram, when you find yourself 67 weeks deep into a wellness influencer’s faultlessly filtered feed, wondering why you can’t make yourself wake up at 5 a.m. to drink celery juice and also find the time to have margaritas with friends.
The sad truth is that balance does not exist. It feels elusive because it’s not real — and all of us need to come to terms with that.
For when you just really, really can’t muster up the will to work out.
Let’s face it: Sometimes the gym is the last place you want to go. It’s true even for those of us who actually enjoy the sweating, burning muscles and heavy breathing.
There are a lot of reasons you may not want to hit the gym on any given day. Maybe you don’t feel like interacting with people. Maybe you haven’t been feeling motivated in your usual workout setting or you’ve run out of ideas (shameless plug for Smarter Sweat programming here). Maybe you simply don’t feel like it, but know you’ll feel better if you just do something to get your body moving.
The fun thing about exercise, though, is that it doesn’t have to feel like exercise. There are countless ways to get active and challenge your body without dragging yourself to the gym when you’d rather not. Here are five killer workout ideas that can get you out of your typical gym environment (and possibly out of your comfort zone).
They’re worth your time and money, but you may not love them at first.
About Smarter Sweat
Smarter Sweat is a fitness company built from the ground up by fitness experts Amanda Capritto and Ashley Phantz. Amanda and Ashley are both dead-set on cutting through the clutter of the fitness industry and providing raw, real, utterly honest information about fitness and wellness.