Written by: Nem
Physical activity is important for our health and wellbeing. To get all the benefits exercise has to offer and avoid any negative effects, you need to start training and stop working out.
What is the difference between training and working out?
Working out is a physical activity with no purpose or direction. You perform a series of random exercises with a random approach that ultimately leads to random results. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since any activity is better than no activity, you want to ensure you are using your time and resources effectively.
Just because you felt tired, sore or broke a sweat, it doesn't mean you had an effective training session. Almost any kind of exercise can do that and it's not the best method to assess the effectiveness of your progress.
Instead, you should be focusing on improving specific metrics that are relevant to your goals. That can be the weight lifted on a specific exercise, resting heart rate value, body weight, the time it takes you to run a mile, etc.
Being clear and specific about your goals is one of the main characteristics of training. Aside from having specific and measurable goals, training includes:
Doing YouTube workout videos or following workouts of your favorite celebrities is not always a bad thing, but almost guaranteed it's not the most effective use of your time. This is because you are a unique individual with your own unique physiology, lifestyle, restrictions, preferences, etc. Something that works for someone else, might not work for you.