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To Exercise or to Train?

By Donna Stark

My daughter and I go to the gym together several times a week, but once we are there, we head our separate ways. We do that because I exercise, and she trains. Now, if you are wondering what the difference is, you are not alone. Many people consider the two to be the same, but they really are quite different from each other. So what sets them apart? Well, it may be confusing at first, but there are some significant differences between the two and they generally start with the results a person wishes to achieve.


So we all know that in order to maintain our overall health and wellness, we should exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise helps to burn calories, get your heart rate up, and reduce the risk of serious medical issues down the road. It means that you are exerting your body more than what you would if you were simply performing your everyday activities. Exercise is generally what you do to stay as healthy as you can without any other particular goal or target in mind.

It's me at the gym.


Training, on the other hand, is what those "other" guys and girls do. Sure, they are still exercising and they are still interested in maintaining their health and fitness levels like us "exercisers" are, but they are also striving for more at the same time. They are actively trying to improve certain areas of their fitness, and they are doing so in a very intentional and purposeful manner. Maybe they are training for a fitness competition, a marathon, or a championship game. No matter what it is, they are seeking to operate at a much higher level.

It's my daughter at the gym.

To Exercise or to Train?

So, how does this help you? If your priority is to simply maintain or improve the level of health and fitness that you are at, exercise may be all that you need. So ride your bike, hit the gym, go for a walk, or join a fitness class. Find the activities that you like the best and have fun doing them. But, if you're looking to increase strength, become more muscular, or win the next marathon, you should definitely consider training. This is when you need a plan of action, but if you don't know where to start, you may want to seek help from a fitness professional.

It's important to remember that no matter what your fitness goals are, you will find the success you are hoping to achieve if you just put your mind to it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.

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