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March 04, 2014

Movement, Exercise, and Training: Getting the Results You Want

By Mark Sisson
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Tire flip The trouble with talking about fitness on a public forum read by millions and making recommendations based on the scientific literature is that we’re all different. I know, I know, you’ve read/seen Fight Club, and Tyler Durden says that we’re not all unique snowflakes, but he’s wrong on this one. We come from different environments and backgrounds and we all have different goals and desires and abilities. There is no one training plan, exercise program, or piece of fitness advice that is perfect for everyone, equally. Each person must find what works for them.

So when I tried to impart a universally-sound fitness principle, perhaps the only truly universally-applicable one of all – the best exercise is the one you will do consistently – a few people were skeptical. I understand, but my contention stands: single workouts don’t get you stronger or fitter, after all. Adaptations to cumulative workouts performed on a consistent basis get you stronger and fitter. And the greatest exercise won’t work for you unless you do it. The point of last week’s post wasn’t to suggest that doing what you enjoy necessarily leads to peak fitness, just that consistency is key when it comes to fitness.

So, what lies beyond just doing an exercise you’re willing to do? There’s got to be more to it.

Definitely. It helps to conceptualize the differences between exercise, training, and movement.

Movement is the first step above sedentarism. It’s the baseline for good health. It’s the 10,000 steps a day, the hiking, the walking to the store, the gardening, the commute to work on a bike. Movement is required for good health, but it’s not enough for peak fitness. It’s a good start, and maybe the most important part for some people.

Exercise isn’t focused on the long term. If an exerciser has goals, they’re more diffuse and overarching goals like “get healthier” or “get fitter” or “be able to care for myself when I’m elderly.” Exercise is about being active, moving your body, getting fitter, getting stronger, staying fit, staying strong, that sort of non-specific thing.

Training is something you do to achieve a specific goal, like “deadlift 500 pounds” or “complete an Ironman in ten hours.” Training implies a “training program,” consisting of progression (often linear), regimentation, and/or periodization. Trainees employ these training programs to bring them closer to their goals. They’re often competitive athletes – weekend warriors, amateurs, professionals – but they don’t have to be. All that’s entailed is a goal.

Okay, so how do you know if you should exercise, train, or just move?

First off, everyone needs movement in their lives. Constant, low-level movement is the foundation for health and fitness. This s non-negotiable. Plus, it’s a reliable way to “get a workout in” when you don’t feel like going to the gym. I know that however burned out, tired, sore, or run down I am, a hike always brings me back to baseline.

Who should be exercising? Who should be training?

If you’re happy with your fitness level, good. You’ve made it. Keep doing what you’re doing – whatever it is. You can be perfectly happy, fit, lean, strong, and healthy “just” exercising. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with exercising for the sake of exercising.

If you have a specific goal in mind, like bulking up 20 pounds, squatting twice bodyweight, running a five minute mile, competing in an event, running a marathon, playing college sports, you should be training. If you’re spinning your wheels, it might be time to set a goal or two and get training. Even if you’re simply struck by the vague notion that something isn’t working and that you could be doing better, try picking a goal and erecting a training program to achieve it. Note that training often involves doing exercises, movements, or drills that you’d otherwise prefer not to do. It’s challenging by design – to provoke adaptations as you learn to overcome the challenges.

Choosing a Goal

Goals don’t have to be monumental feats or massive undertakings, nor does training necessarily imply the shedding of precious red-tinted bodily fluids and the brandishing of ripped calluses and torn up shins over social media. They certainly can and you’re free to post what you will, but goals and their concomitant training programs take many forms.

There are performance-based goals. You want to beat this time, hit a PR, dunk the ball, or win a competition.

There are vanity-based goals. You want to be better than the other guy, prove something to yourself, prove something to someone else.

Or maybe you want to win some money, win a bet.

These are all legitimate goals and motivations. It depends entirely on what you want out of fitness.

I’ve been to that side of the fitness spectrum – the pursuit of elite performance to the blatant and necessary disregard of optimal health – and I feel like I can be a cautionary tale for others flirting with similar pursuits. You’re totally free to go for performance above all else, of course, and many people do exactly that without any complaints, but I couldn’t do it. There are inevitable tradeoffs (health, social life, diet, free time) and people need to be aware of them and that there is another way to approach training.

Me? My goal is to play better:

I want to be able to play Ultimate every weekend with guys 3o years younger (and keep up).

I want to go out for a paddling session whenever I want and not have it feel like work.

I want to hit the slopes all weekend and be able to drive home without my quads cramping up every time I hit the brake.

And I want to do all that while staying injury-free.

My training focus, then, is to maintain: my fitness, my muscle mass, the viability of my connective tissue, my bone mineral density. I’m not going for PRs anymore because it’s too risky at this stage while bringing me no closer to my goals. But that’s fine. I’ve found what works for me and my goals.

While I train for a specific goal, the details of my training don’t resemble the training of an Olympic lifter, a football player, an endurance athlete, a Strongman competitor, or even a motivated online fitness enthusiast. I enjoy my training and actually look forward to the hard work, but that doesn’t make it any less effective at helping me reach my goals.

As you can see, my goals are different than most. And that’s okay, because they’re mine. Your goals are fine, too, whatever they may be (even if you don’t have any). The important thing is that we have the conversation with ourselves to understand why we’re walking all these miles, paying these gym fees, lifting these weights, running really fast as if someone is chasing us even though no one is there, and grasping this horizontal bar lying overhead and attempting to touch our chests to it. It’d be a shame if we found out we were wasting our fleeting time.

To cap things off, let’s hear from you. Have you thought about the difference between movement, exercise and training? Which do you do? What do you want out of exercise? What fitness goals do you have? If you have one, how do you propose to achieve it?

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Stacy
Stacy
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks for this thought-provoking post, Mark. These are important distinctions and they often get muddled together.

Ware
2 years 6 months ago
Movement is always key for me, but I’d say I cycle through all three from week to week, month to month, and year to year. For instance, this week, I’m home sick with really nasty cold, resulting from pushing myself way too hard at work over the last few months (but the first in years, thanks to a really good eating/nutrition strategy), so this week, movement is all I feel up to. That said, exercise is probably where I spend most of my time, but occasionally I’ll get a goal in mind and train until I hit it, and then… Read more »
N.Lockard
N.Lockard
2 years 6 months ago

i was thinking about fight club last night – nice quote to grab the reader, drew me in

Ripken Holt
Ripken Holt
2 years 6 months ago

I know what my goal is. I want a six pack!

sjoshua
sjoshua
2 years 6 months ago

congrats, you were born with one!

Onto the next goal 🙂

Byron
2 years 6 months ago

This is a great actionable post! I agree that it is vital to define your goals, whether specific or broad, and then get to moving, training, or exercising. At the moment, I’m trying to bulk up and gain 10 lbs, so I guess I would be in training mode.

Thanks for the awesome perspective!

KariVery
KariVery
2 years 6 months ago
Very timely! I have been thinking a lot about motivation lately, and this article kind of fits in with that for me – what is my goal in all of this? It boils down to: What kind of old person do I want to be? I’m pushing 50, so I feel like the next 5-10 years are going to make or break me. Sure, I’d like to look good naked, but that is just going to be a side benefit for me at this point – there’s only so much I can do about my body aging 🙂 Plus, I… Read more »
Emily
Emily
2 years 6 months ago

Oh so, so true. Sometimes I envy the younger crown who seem to have all the time in the world to exercise, play and do fun things. But at the end of the day, I just want to be healthy, live to a reasonable age without serious health issues and be around to look after the children until they get old enough to stuff it up all on their own!

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 6 months ago

From an ex-athlete, I want to thank Mark for being in the best shape of my life. 2 bodyweight and 1 sprint session a week, lots of long walks. At 58, I even look good naked and have a six-pack (not that my gal cares that much anymore). The most important thing is being able to feel great and hopefully not need any help when I’m 90. Hope to be sprinting away from all the old single ladies.

kay
2 years 6 months ago
I’m sitting in a hospital waiting room for my sister to be brought out of the recovery room. She is having one knee replaced, with the second one to be done within the year. I believe it didn’t have to happen. (SAD diet, being overweight, maybe trusting doctors and CW too much). I’m taking care of her this week, and she definitely noticed the change in me since going primal Jan 8th (down 14 lbs so far, depression gone and tons of energy). she is now curious, so I hope to cook all good stuff once I get her home.… Read more »
PawPrint
PawPrint
2 years 6 months ago

Doing at least one pull up is my goal, too, along with paddling farther. Climb trees–not so much. Look good naked, well, after losing almost 110 lbs., that’s a bit iffy given some saggy skin. But I look pretty darn good in clothes.

Diane
Diane
2 years 6 months ago

Sensible advice. When all else fails, at least I take a walk to my favorite coffee place to hang out and people watch while I read the paper.

My immediate goal is to squat as much as is possible. A double bodyweight squat would be terrific

My long term goal is to be strong and healthy into my retirement years which I will spend hiking the National Scenic Trails.

Nicole
Nicole
2 years 6 months ago

I am training for my second degree black belt. I am also training to be strong and flexible enough to be able to do any martial arts movement I want (once the snow melts, I start tumbling – butterfly kicks here I come). Along the way, I am training so I can *eventually* put my body through 9 months of manufacturing (and passing) a human and KEEP ACTIVE in the process. Yikes.

Nate
2 years 6 months ago

I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut lately…this was perfect. It’s scary how relevant and timely most of Mark’s posts are.

Kelda
2 years 6 months ago

Exactly, how does he do that! Been reading for years and at least weekly there will be a post on just something I’ve been ruminating about!

Paul
Paul
2 years 6 months ago

This phenomenon happens me as well!

Anthony
Anthony
2 years 6 months ago
My goal is to look like a certain Soloflex model from the late 80s. There was one picture ad in particular that motivated me. I used to have it up on the wall in my den where I worked out. That was a loooong time ago. I recently searched on Ebay and found the old ad. I didn’t buy it, but saved it on my computer to reference from time to time. Anyway, I’m looking for a muscular (but not overly muscular) low fat body. The type of body that looks great without a shirt, but would be somewhat hidden… Read more »
Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I always wanted to look like that guy too…

Andy
Andy
2 years 6 months ago
Anthony. I have the exact same goal. Not sure about the ad you speak of (link?) but I think I know the physique you want. I liken it to the actor Stephen Amell (the guy who plays Oliver Queen in Arrow), muscular but athletic, big but not so big he can’t move properly. My problem is I’m a little addicted to endurance sports. I’m training for an Ironman and trying to gain another 10lbs of muscle, needless to say I’m eating quite a lot, all primal approved of course but that’s to be expected when swimming, cycling, running and weight… Read more »
Anthony
Anthony
2 years 6 months ago

Hey Andy, here is a link to the pic. Just have to click on the pic to make it larger:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-soloflex-poster-featuring-scott-madsen-23

Googled Stephen Amell in Arrow. Yes, that’s what I’m looking to get to, perhaps not quite as muscular, though close.

Funny, but guys built like that don’t look so huge in a t-hirt, but when the shirt comes off, it’s like BAM! lol

My wife thinks the type of body I’m going for is just right too. Most women don’t like that huge look (or the fat one lol).

BFBVince
2 years 6 months ago

I’m always torn between adding muscle & getting stronger, and eating for aesthetics or eating for health. Through the primal diet and primal training, I’m beginning to find these things are not mutually exclusive.

Peter Whiting
2 years 6 months ago

I took up skiing recently (2 years ago at age 48) and found I wasn’t very fit. Somehow this lead me to yoga, the exercise bike occasionally and general walking. By the way, yoga is a lot harder and a lot more physical than it looks. Now I can ski hard for 6 days in a row and not feel any bad effects. That makes me happy! A better diet was also crucial to shed a bunch of pounds.

Dan
Dan
2 years 6 months ago

I always get “that” look from old friends when I mention yoga; “Its all sitting around making noises right?” but ironically the stuff I ended up doing is 40% body-weights, 40% stretches and 20% meditation! I have since moved onto doing primarily body-weights and there is alot of crossover (elements of the sun salutation seem to crop up!)

Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago
Ok, here goes: Male pushing 50 (like lots of other folks out there in Primal Land). I am 5’ 11”, 47 yo, 197 lbs at approx 16 pct BF Goals: – 34 inch waist (currently at 36 inch) – 182 lbs (currently at 197, down from 202) at 10 pct BF (losing at a rate of 1-1.5 lbs/week at most) Vanity goal: I want to look like Michelangelo’s David (without the over-sized hands 😉 If I could have a six pack I would be thrilled and amazed. – Functional all around strength, good power to weight ratio – I don’t… Read more »
Troy
Troy
2 years 6 months ago
Andy
Andy
2 years 6 months ago

Check out Al Kavadlo

Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

I’m impressed. Very humbling watching those videos!!

wildgrok
wildgrok
2 years 6 months ago

worthy goals, especially to look like the David 🙂

For mobility and a lot more checkout Kelly Starret book “how to become a supple leopard”

beachboundforever
beachboundforever
2 years 6 months ago

Great timing. I’m in the process of re-evaluating my goals, as I’m getting out of the “bulking” mindset and more into overall fitness.

I’m not interested anymore in setting PRs in squats/bench/curls etc., and I’m more keen to improving bodyfat levels, enjoying long trail hikes without my legs getting too tired to drive home (and stay awake), mountain biking, running around the yard with the toddler, stuff like that.

Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

Beachbound —

I want to do what you describe — I guess you could say that your goals would be similar to my “fun” goals. (which maybe are the most important goals of all…)

Joe

beachboundforever
beachboundforever
2 years 6 months ago

Exactly!

Xanboo
Xanboo
2 years 6 months ago

When I was child back in the hills the elders would get fed up with us kids and send us out to the woods to play with the wolfs to get are exercise.

Dan
Dan
2 years 6 months ago
I have come to the conclusion that for most of my life I was overtraining, or creating exercise routines that would result in overtraining. I was obsessed with constantly upping the weight in every lift, increasing the intensity of every cardio session, etc. So, now I do a 20 minute GPP routine daily. I do not get obsessed with constantly upping the weight or decreasing the rest time. I just intend to reach a good level and maintain it. This leaves me plenty of time to work on specific goals or skills. I am working on a handstand and a… Read more »
Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

GPP?

beachbound
beachbound
2 years 6 months ago

GPP=General Physical Preparedness

Andy
Andy
2 years 6 months ago
I think I know what you mean Dan. About a year ago I was obsessed with my training programme. Running was my poison and I was convinced that every week I needed a speed session, a fast run and a long slow run. For months I did this and was never really injury free. I was always aching. Then about 6 months ago I decided I was only going to “train” for enjoyment. And I haven’t looked back. My running is now faster, more efficient, takes less time to recover from (almost the next day) and best of all, more… Read more »
Dan
Dan
2 years 6 months ago

Good to hear, Andy.

Joe, GPP is “General Physical Preparedness”. A simple routine to cover most of the basic needs. I do Simple and Sinister routine from Pavel. Kettlebell Swings and Turkish Get Ups.

Misabi
Misabi
2 years 6 months ago

I second S&S as a great program, which can be knocked out in as little as 30 minutes a day (including warmup).

Geoff McDonald
2 years 6 months ago
Thanks Mark for the confirmation that I’m on my right path. I’m a 50 year old male who thinks he’s still 35. I’m a regular to the gym and often get accosted by the trainers there who want to know what I’m training for. They’re usually surprised and disappointed when I say I’m not training for anything, just enjoying exercise. I mix up my workouts with some heavy weights, some kettle bell sessions, some sprints and a stretch. Long walks when not at the gym. Classic primal. My gym time is play time. I often don’t have a plan when… Read more »
Stacie
2 years 6 months ago
Fantastic post. I love having overall goals and then piecing out smaller goals to help achieve them. My overall goal is to be a fantastic athlete in volleyball and softball. My smaller goals, to help me achieve that, include weight lifting, sprinting, and biking. I’ve also enjoyed doing new races each year (I like to compete, even if against myself), and this year have chosen to complete a couple triathlons to really test my physicality. Luckily, that fits in with being a great athlete. I don’t see myself making time for the gym without my overarching goals of playing volleyball… Read more »
Anthony
Anthony
2 years 6 months ago
@Joe, You asked: “Are bodyweight exercises alone enough (I suspect that they are)? I’m no expert, but based on my experience, bodyweight training is not only enough, but I even find them to be superior to gym weights in terms of both gaining muscle and gaining functional strength. The short 3 months since I’ve been doing only bodyweight training, I’ve gained more muscle than any other 3 month period I was in the gym. If you research it, you’ll see that one of the biggest reasons (and there’s a few reasons) you gain more muscle is because more muscle fibers… Read more »
Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago
Anthony, Yes, I’m very interested in your experience (esp. since you’re about my age). It sounds like even the so called compound weight movements (like a bent over row etc) are still not as compound as the bodyweight movements. I have switched, for the time being, from a upper body/ lower body split weight lifting routine 4 days per week (2 UB sessions and 2 LB sessions per week) to the PBF routine with the 4 Primal Movements two days per week. Did the testing and trying to follow the guidance provided. I am starting with two leg assist pullups… Read more »
jojo
jojo
2 years 6 months ago
so timely – I had to give away my Ironman dream due to injury and actually wasn’t too bothered. I loathe cycling so since that injury I’ve been ‘lost’. I love to swim and I love to run, I don’t like to race…. This means it is all too easy to slack off because I have no goal. Sure I love to work out but I just as easily can sit on the couch. I have taken to walking LOTS and I am loving that. But now reading this post I need a goal. I need something to make me… Read more »
victor
victor
2 years 6 months ago

Consistency is my biggest obstacle. I’ll exercise for a couple months then stop it for three months. I’m 56 years old and I’ve always done this. I think the biggest difference now is the paleo diet I’ve been on for four months now. Without too much exercise I went from 197 lbs to 172 lbs. and have no doubt I can keep it off with the food so to my liking! I am a 9 to 5 working man though and I know it’s not a good excuse and you guys are very motivating.

Jered
Jered
2 years 6 months ago

I’m a bit confused. You said if you’re content with your current fitness level, keep doing what your doing.(I’m not totally content with my fitness level but I just want to continue to be generally more strong, fit, and conditioned than I am now) But does that mean if you enjoy exercising, your strength, conditioning won’t improve even without a goal? Take crossfit for example. Can I continue to crossfit without a particular goal and just see where it takes me?

Jered
Jered
2 years 6 months ago

Or put more simply, will my strength and conditioning increase if I don’t have specific goals but just do crossfit?

Dan
Dan
2 years 6 months ago
@Jered:I will try to answer your question, but take into account, I do not do Crossfit. I am familiar with their training philosophy, though. Also, be aware that there are many different Crossfit gyms, which seem to do a myriad of different styles of training, or so it seems. Having said that, will you continue to gain strength and conditioning just doing Crossfit? Yes, up to a point. When a beginner starts out, obviously he will make progress, and with Crossfit he will get in great “condition”, if he can avoid injury. But, after doing it for a year or… Read more »
dave
2 years 6 months ago

A great article!

I sure agree with you that we are all different. We all have different bodies that need different varius of nutrition and training.

My goal is to get fit, be more vibrant and more energetic. I have been training (and still do) for the past 7 years. training is a part of who I am, and as they say – once you see results.. you never go back 🙂

Nigel
2 years 6 months ago

I’m coming up 64 and am slowly getting more fit and strong again. I set personal goals:- 100 squats, I can now do that. 100 press ups, 100 dips between chairs, 20 pull ups, 30 chin ups and 100 sit ups, I’m working on these. Once I can do all or even some of them I may well set other goals. My long term goal is to be the longest serving police pensioner the world has ever seen, being healthy and fit until my last day on Earth.

KariVery
KariVery
2 years 6 months ago

Awesome goal!

Shelley
Shelley
2 years 6 months ago
I’m just starting out on this journey to get myself healthy. At this point in time, I’m aiming for movement. Working at a desk 8 hrs a day for the past 10 years, unhealthy eating and when I quit smoking 2 yrs ago I allowed my weight to get the highest its ever been. I’m sure some of you know how it is.. No energy, health problems, back problems… when you feel tired and aweful all the time its all too easy to sit on the sofa but all one you see what you’ve become and wonder what in the… Read more »
Shelley
Shelley
2 years 6 months ago

Oops, can’t seem to edit post:

“but all one you see ” should read as: but one day

Dr Robert Israel
2 years 6 months ago

Great post, going to recommend to my recovering patients.

Shirley
Shirley
2 years 6 months ago

I have been eating primal for over a year now. Lost weight been walking/jogging.
I joined the new gym in town and I have found I love it.
I’m working out with weights and treadmill. In the warmer weather I will also hike in nature. I’m lovin this Primal life.

Anon
2 years 6 months ago

Balance…. Work towards continually improving strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, and explosiveness while eating clean and exercising the mind as well.

Trent
Trent
2 years 6 months ago

So refreshing to read something about fitness that takes into account individual needs. I’ve taken what I love doing (running) and turning it into training for a specific goal. It’s allowed me to go about it the right way. And by right way I mean, steady progression, most of my runs with my heart rate in the right zone and just enjoying myself. I’m also trying to get better at pull ups. I can do 10 now. My goal is 25. Why am I doing that? Not sure. Just want to be a bada$$.

Anthony
Anthony
2 years 6 months ago
@Joe, Great to hear you’re doing what you are. Yes, pull ups are very humbling. I can only do one. I can do three chin ups now which is three more than I was able to do a few months ago. I always struggled with push ups, pull ups, chin ups…bodyweight exercises. So, what did I do? I avoided them. Either they were too difficult strength-wise (pull ups) or too difficult endurance-wise (push ups). Now I’m going full head-on, attacking my weaknesses. Doing planks, etc. to strength my core too…another weakness I had. Btw, what is PBF? Sorry, I’m new… Read more »
Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

PBF = Primal Blueprint Fitness

Sign up to download the free ebook that Mark and crew have written. It’s clear and inspiring!!

Jill Waterfall
2 years 6 months ago
I started reading your blog recently, and I haven’t come across to the “Best exercise there is” article previously. Thank you for linking it here – it makes a very good point! To me, as to many others that are just getting started, movement is the first crucial element to progress, whether your final goal is about health, good looks or competing, movement is always the way to go about starting things. Often as we progress, our next goals become more ambitious, so I guess it all gravitates from exercise to training and backwards if we want to keep up.… Read more »
Mary
Mary
2 years 6 months ago
My fitness goals are 2, and they’re pretty basic: –I’m a late-life mom, and I want to not only see my grandkids, I want to be able to run around and play with them, which means maintaining my muscles and my flexibility. –I want to be able to do all my fun weekend warrior stuff–go on a long road bike with a friend, carry a heavy pack for a few days, ski all day in powder–spontaneously and without having to train specifically for each sport, and without feeling like s@$#% afterwards. What I’m doing for those goals isn’t very systematic… Read more »
Sharon T
Sharon T
2 years 6 months ago

I’m at the “moving enough” phase. I need serious motivation. I get discouraged when I walk for 1 mile and can barely move the next day because of combination of arthritis, neuropathy and heal spurs. I try to keep going but the pain often makes me give up. 🙁 I’ve got the food down pat now after months of struggling with giving up certain foods. I’ll just keep on keeping on.. maybe one day.. I can walk a mile and not cry the next morning.

emma
emma
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks Mark,
i need to move more! and eat better.. thanks for the reminder 🙂

Rob
Rob
2 years 6 months ago
Good article. As an ex ski racer I understand the goal mindset. But now at 55 ( male) I am more into yoga, walking, and golf. Yes, I do an obligatory heavy weight session once a week – And thanks to paleo, that’s all I need. I’ve been eating paleo fairly strictly for 5 years. My body fat is at 10%, I don’t get sore, I feel great, and I can maintain my weight effortlessly – not missing the days of cardio at all 🙂 If you are new to paleo – stick with it – it’s a huge payoff!!
Matt
2 years 6 months ago

This is a good article. Sometimes people find themselves in a rut and rethinking how they go about their approach is important.

http://Www.thehealthhack.com

JT
JT
2 years 6 months ago

My long term goal is to simply stay healthy and fit until I drop dead. Short term is to do handstand pushups without a wall! Insanely hard but an amazing exercise. Thx for the great thoughts about goal setting!

Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 6 months ago

I still think the best exercise for most people is what they love to do! Compliance is a huge issue.

Hillbilly SharkBait
Hillbilly SharkBait
2 years 6 months ago

56y/o…didn’t discover my passion in life til I was 42. I want to be fit enough to scuba dive to 70+ years (& now, too!), while minimizing my risk of getting bent. ????

Tim
2 years 6 months ago

Just doing anything that requires movement is a great start. I always tell my readers who are just starting out to start small. For instance, if you work on the 6th floor of your building, start by taking the stairs up to floor 2 or 3 then take the elevator, eventually working your way up to taking the stairs the entire way.

Anna Lewis
2 years 6 days ago

Great article. My goal is to achieve hormonal balance after years of anorexia and chronic cardio. Therefore would be training plan be gaining strength? Thank you x

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