Fitness Tips from Fitness 2J2: Training versus working out
- Joel Pedersen | June 19, 2014
Recently, I was asked a similar question with regards to training and working out by two different people, one in Pelican Narrows, the other in Green Lake. Working out and training sound similar; however, I see a difference, it's in how you think and act. Have you ever gone to the gym to do some weights maybe some cardio, with no structure? Or gone in with an idea of what you want to do, however no set direction of what to do?
Training has a sound purpose: there is a goal for everything that you do and it's to reach a certain goal. When people say they are "training," it's usually connected with achieving some athletic goal, perhaps your first race or improving on a personal best. Have a goal, and a structured plan to reach your goal. By saying you are training does not mean it has to be directly related for athletics: it can be for better quality of life or a fitness goal.
Some people's goals may vary from losing weight/fat, gain weight/build muscle. Some feel that by just going to the gym using equipment that they will meet their goal. Half an hour on the treadmill or elliptical, couple arm curls and that's the workout. Shift your mind from just working out to training, which will force you to make a plan to meet you outcome. The next time you go for a jog or to the gym, change your mindset your going to train.
Congratulations on another successful winter-spring session with the St. Mary's Wolf-Pack, again completing the 5Km run at the Bridge City Boogie. We are now programming with a learn-to-run program with the Honour Run to Batoche Team and the NAIG Lance Runners.
Here's another workout to try:
- 5-10 min warm up
- 15min skill development such as air/front/overhead squats
- 1min run/jog then 1min walk for 20mins
- 5-10min cool down.
Remember to track your progress: aim to do this three times during the week and once on the weekend.
For more ideas, read Fitness 2J2's May tips.