Training verses exercising

Are you training or just exercising when it comes to weight loss? What’s the difference? Is there a difference?

I’ve found a few useful definitions that apply to this type of training. One is the education, instruction, or discipline of a person that is being trained. Another is the process of bringing a person, etc., to an agreed standard of proficiency, etc., by practice and instruction. Finally, undergoing physical training.

To train you must have a three related things. You must have a goal. You must have a specific plan for obtaining the goal. You must have discipline to stick to the plan.

So, why do you need to train? A lot of people who exercise when loosing weight have a general goal weight, but not much of a specific plan for what exercise and nutrition will best get them there. They just know that exercise will burn calories. Unfortunately, without a specific exercise and nutrition plan, they will not be successful. Just compare the number of people in the gym just after New Year’s to now. A lot of them have already abandoned their plans after just 3 months because they lacked either a goal, specific plan, or dedication.

Training also involves a certain level of dedication and commitment. It’s not just exercising when you have a little spare time or want to work off a big meal. Nor is it simply counting calories. Generally, training involves following a set schedule for meal planning, exercise, and days off. So it takes a little planning, but it’s worth it. Training takes the guess-work out of working out and eating healthy.

This is part of the reason Beach Body programs like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Slim in 6, and Chalean Extreme have such great success. The same for many of the programs in Oxygen women’s fitness magazine. They include elements of both exercise and healthy nutrition, providing education and a specific plan. They are a length that should make exercise and proper nutrition become a habit as long as you don’t abandon the program. In other words, they don’t just give you exercises or a fad diet, they give you a solid training program.

All that’s missing is you and a little dedication. So are you ready to stop exercising and start training?


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