As we head into summer in Manitoba I thought it a good time to talk about training versus exercising.
You know the feeling when you have a task so big that it can seem scary to even start it? I think that exercising can be looked at that way. You might think something like, ‘if I’m not going to commit to one hour a day, three times a week, then what is the point?’.
Here’s the thing though… exercising is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a journey you take over the course of your whole life. And while some stages of your life are more conducive to exercising, others may not be.
It might be helpful to understand the difference between training and exercising, to help exercising feel more attainable.
Training is something that you do to achieve a very specific goal, such as training to do five pull ups in a row, or training to run a marathon. In order to achieve those goals there has to be a certain level of dedication and commitment or no gains will be made.
Exercising is moving your body to gain all the physical and mental health benefits it provides. Exercising does not need to happen on a specific schedule. It can, but it does not have to. There will be seasons in your life when you exercise less (or not at all) and there will be seasons when you exercise more. Of course, the more you exercise the more benefits you will receive. I am certainly not trying to provide you with an excuse not to move your body! However, if you can take away the daunting goals of how much time you think you ‘should’ be dedicating to it, perhaps it can appear more achievable. Even five minutes here and there is better than nothing!
So as summer rolls around, maybe bringing more cool beers in your hands than dumbbells, remember that a little bit of movement is better than nothing. Not starting because you are concerned you won’t be doing enough does not have to be a barrier!
When you exercise for health, anything you can do is great. And remember today is a better time to start than tomorrow.