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Is running exercising or training? What’s the difference?

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July 14, 2014 by Ken Brunet

The difference between exercising and training boils down to the goal you want to achieve, which means that running can be both a form of exercise and a way to train.

Exercising and training are two different terms applied to sports activities.

Exercising is generally considered a physical activity taken on to achieve a more immediate goal related to how you want to feel and/or how you want to look.  Running as exercise means that you run to burn calories, improve your overall health and get in some much needed daily movement.

The sense of accomplishment achieved through exercising is a general feeling of getting in shape and staying that way. Most people are happy to run as exercise, especially in the spring and summer seasons because it’s a way to enjoy the outdoors and take in the scenery.

Training is a term used if you are trying to achieve a more long-term performance goal. A performance in sports takes place at a planned event, such as weekend 5K race or, on an international level, a marathon in the Olympics.

Training focuses more on the process instead of the actual workout and is a way to work towards a definable result, such as running the 5K race in 25 minutes or less.  People who train invest their time and effort on continuous improvements to their performance over time so that when the big race day comes, they can meet or beat the result they plan on achieving.

If you already train for another sport such as tennis, hockey or soccer, running can be incorporated into your training routine to improve your overall performance.

Ultimately, running is ideally suited to be both exercising and training. If your goal is to lose weight, training for a sports event such as a weekend race or marathon can be incorporated into your exercise routine to keep you motivated by training for a race.

Whether you are running for exercise or to train for an event, Peak Centre’s customized approach will help you meet your goals in a specific, measureable, accurate and timely way whether it’s to lose weight or train for that 10K race that’s on your bucket list.

If you are trying to lose weight, Peak’s fitness assessment is set up just for you to measure your optimal fat burning zone and maximize your exercise effort to lose weight when you run. If your goal is to run a 10k race in under 40 minutes, you too will beindividually assessed and given your own personal optimal endurance zone is and from there, continuously improve your timing. Peak’s fitness assessment is the motivation you need to get you back on track.

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

Contact Peak today at 613-737-7325 or email us at for a personal fitness assessment consultation and start getting the most out of your runs for exercise and training.

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