I am noticing a bit of confusion in fitness lately – confusion between sports and military training and exercise for health and well-being. I want you to be a savvy fitness consumer who gets what you want from your investment. I want you to stay motivated to be well. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two approaches and see what you think:
If you were an athlete or military professional at some point in your life, the switch may be challenging. Those approaches to exercise can be strongly ingrained in your approach to movement. If you have done a fitness program with a sports-minded approach in the past, or admire those who do, this approach can be so enmeshed in your thinking about exercise, they can seem to be one and the same. But clearly, they are not.
Here are questions to ask yourself to be sure you are training for health and well-being:
- Am I pushing through pain and discomfort in my fitness class/program?
- Who is my primary guide for what is right for my body – a “fitness expert” or how my body feels with a certain exercise?
- How often do I ignore and “tough out” pain with exercise?
- How often do I get injured when I am on a fitness program?
- Am I consistent with exercise all year long?
- Does my exercise program leave me too sore and exhausted to move more throughout my day?
- Am I feeling and living better as a result of my training?
Are your answers more in line with the training approach on the right or the left of the chart above?
If you are ignoring pain, listening to a trainer more than your body, feeling sore and exhausted more often than energized, inconsistent with exercise, have a love/hate relationship with exercise, and/or have sustained an injury as a result of your training – you may be using a sports approach to health and well-being training.
If you feel better mentally and physically, have less pain and injury, are listening to your body, are consistent all year long, have more energy and stamina and strength to enjoy life – congratulations! You have found a fitness program for well-being.
Because the two types of training can be so cleverly intertwined in our society, let’s take the next few blog posts to dissect the differences a bit more and get really clear about how to train for well-being.
Please share your comments about your experience with this fitness trend.
Be Well Now,
PS: My mission is to provide resources for training for true well-being. In the coming year, I will be offering more and more online tools for movement for health and well-being on this site.