Anyone who follows me on social media knows I’ve become more dedicated at documenting (and bettering) my health and fitness. After a bad breakup, I sought solice in working out to increase my physical strength in the hope that my emotional and mental would follow suit. I can confidently say that it did, when I stopped exercising and started training.
My routine had been somewhat all over the place, I was exercising four times a week for two months followed by nothing for another two, then half-heartedly participating in classes, promising to go jogging three times a week for a month (I managed to go twice in total – I’m blaming the weather in London) and ultimately ending up frustrated with myself. I had no real goals in place other than “getting fit” and being “in shape”. My mindset and goals weren’t in alignment, simply going to the gym and throwing around weights isn’t training, it’s just another form of exercise.
So what is the difference between exercise and training?
Exercise in its most basic form, can be defined as something that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It allows us to offset some of our luxurious life style choices.. like that extra large slice of cake we’re craving.
Training however, is physical activity performed for the purpose of satisfying a long-term performance goal, and is therefore about the process instead of the workouts themselves. The process must generate a definable result at a point in time & must be planned to produce this result.
Training for me was the best way to achieve the goals that I sought from exercise.
Cardio training, circuit training & body weight drills are the fitness activities I’m enjoying the most currently. I’ve been training 2 times a week at the gym, but the rest of my workouts are done via the NTC app which you can download and carry on training the Nike Training Club way in your own time, wherever you are. It’s ingenius & feels like having a personal trainer in your pocket!
One thing guarenteed to get me in the mood to workout is looking the part & feeling supported by my workout gear. Enter the Nike Free TR7 Women’s Training Shoe. This has been my trainer of choice during my training. It’s designed to lock your heel in place securely so you can squat, sprint, lift or plank with minimal risk of injury while keeping you stable. When I lace these badboys up, I instantly feel more confident that I’m going to crush my workout goals!