The Most Powerful Benefit of Exercising

Everyone seems to understand that exercise is beneficial, and that we should do it more often.

There is an abundance of scientific literature that associates exercise and fitness to lower rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and much more.

Unfortunately, these statistics do not appear to be sufficient in motivating people towards a better lifestyle. On the other hand, some may begin to diet and exercise but struggle to maintain consistency.

So is there a more compelling reason to train? 



The first thing to note is that there is a difference between working-out and training.

Often times, people show up to the gym and do a random assortment of exercises based on whatever they 'feel' like doing for that day. There is no planning that goes into the exercise selection, and they are in the gym just for the sake of getting a 'workout.'

Training on the other hand, is a purposeful dedicated effort, with the intention of improving some quality of fitness.

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"Understand that there is a difference between training and working out"

Some examples include strength goals such as the ability to lift ’x’ amount of weight, cosmetic goals such as losing inches around the waist, or performance goals such as improving a 400 meter run.



The key difference is that training is usually attached to a 'why' - a reason for wanting these fitness attributes.

This is a critical difference because studies have shown that attaching a purpose to an activity significantly increases the probability of accomplishing those goals.

Training also has a lot of real world applicability; it teaches discipline, persistence and resilience.  

In order to accomplish your goals, it is necessary to input an initial stimulus, evaluate the effect, work around obstacles (such as time constraints, or even a prior injury), and make alterations based on assessments and observations.



With that said, the reason you should train is because successful training creates an unparalleled feeling of accomplishment.  

Only YOU know the countless time and persistent effort that was dedicated towards your goal. Only YOU know the sacrifices that were necessary to get there.

No one can do the work for you, and no one can take it away from you.

No matter how big or how small your goal is, only you can truly appreciate what that accomplishment means to you.

Successful training creates confidence, self-empowerment, and a newfound respect for what you are capable of.  

You will never know until you train. This my friends, is a feeling that is worth experiencing by everyone, and in our opinion, sufficient reason for you to train.

Oh, and there are a couple of other cool benefits to exercising...



Check out how we still exercise despite working very busy schedules in Making Time for Exercise When Your Work 16 Hours a Day.

What are your thoughts on training? What goals would you would like to achieve?


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Alex & Brittany Robles are the founders of The White Coat Trainer, a site dedicated to improving the health and wellness of busy individuals. Learn more about them here and connect with them on instagram and Twitter. Feel free to send them a message here