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Are you Training or Exercising? The difference matters...

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Are you able to answer this question? If not, then like most people the chances are despite what you may believe you are doing the latter and not the former. Some people might argue that if they are going to the gym, or running every week they are clearly training, but even if you are going EVERY DAY that might not be the case. You see while training and exercise are both characterized by some form of physical activity, this is pretty much where the similarities between the them come to an end...


It's important to make the point that there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer to whether you should be training or exercising - it all depends on your desired outcome. But before we get to that lets first establish the difference between training and exercise. To put it simply exercise is movement for movement's sake (again there isn't necessarily anything wrong with this), whereas training is characterised by some key features that give it a number of advantages over …

I am NOT Motivated to Train...

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No the title isn't a typo - I'm not somebody that is motivated to train, even though it's essential to my job as a fitness professional. But yet I still manage to do 5-6 training sessions every week pretty much 52 weeks of the year. How does that make sense you ask? It's simple - I'm not motivated... I'm disciplined and there's a MASSIVE difference.


I often hear people say that the problem they have when trying to kick start, or maintain a health and fitness regime is that they lack motivation, this is often the reason my clients first look into personal training. I'm very honest when it comes to what I can and can't do as a PT and one thing I categorically cannot do is motivate anyone enough to achieve their goals. At this point most people will be wondering what on earth the point of hiring a PT is if they can't motivate anyone, but hear me out. While I can offer encouragement and support ultimately I only spend a MAXIMUM of 3 hours per week w…

Excuses

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Trust me I've heard them all at this point - "it's not the right time of year",  "I'm too busy at the moment" etc. etc. The truth is that there will never ever be a perfect time to start getting in shape, if there was then people would probably never put on weight in the first place. Because all of those reasons people give for not making positive changes to their eating and exercise habits are all barriers that THEY put in the way, in order to justify their inaction.


For those that aren't aware I operate a mobile Personal Training service. That means that unless my clients have a space indoors where we can train, we do our sessions outdoors usually in a local park. Yes even in winter... come rain, wind and bitterly cold conditions we still train - no excuses. Now some people might be reading this thinking that my clients must be mad, but they are more than likely the people that use the same excuses every year about why they haven't made more o…

Exercise Is Your Super Power

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As a Personal Trainer there's one comment that I receive from nearly 100% of my clients after our first session together - "I just FEEL so much better". Now I'm not suggesting that my clients are instantly able to run a marathon as a result of a single training session, BUT it is possible to feel more invigorated, focused and motivated in all other aspects of life. THAT is the power of exercise, allow me to explain how...



Ever heard of endorphins before? These are the chemicals that are released by our bodies when we exercise triggering positive feelings and reducing our perception of pain - both emotional and physical - similar to the effects of morphine. Some people even go as far as describing the feeling after a workout as "runners high" due to the feeling of euphoria that they experience. But it doesn't stop there because these feelings often carry over and manifest themselves in an overall more positive and enthusiastic approach to life - ALL as a …

No Equipment - No Problem! This Home Workout Will Help Boost Your Metabolism and Increase Your Fitness

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While I always stress that if you want to achieve your health and fitness goals you absolutely must prioritise exercise and make it part of your weekly routine. However some times s*** hits the fan and you might not make it to the gym for a week. In this instance it's important that you ensure your training doesn't take a complete backseat and remember you can always workout at home. Here's a short bodyweight circuit that you can do in your garden or your living room. You can find more video training sessions on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxa_S90CsoUkmMRTOffZUew

If you need any further help or advise on anything training or nutrition related then please feel free to get in touch anytime via my website http://www.arlandcraikpersonaltraining.co.uk/

The Sweatier the Better? Does Sweating Equal Weight Loss?

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You've probably seen this in the gym - some poor soul putting themselves through torture, peddling their ass off on the spin bike wearing a tracksuit and hoodie in July; all in the pursuit off greater caloric burn and weight loss. Sadly in reality only one of these is actually achieved and it isn't even in the way most people would hope...


Does sweating more equate to more calories burned? In a word - No. The amount you sweat during a workout does not represent how many calories, or how much fat you are burning. Sweating is merely a sign that your body's core temperature is beginning to increase and your homeostatic mechanisms are kicking in to dissipate some of this excess heat. Neither is sweating a sign that you are necessarily working hard... For example most of us won't sweat a great deal during a heavy strength training session, but will perspire significantly more when doing some very low level continuous cardio. This is because we only produce heat when we are …

Too Much Sugar in Fruit?

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This topic comes from a conversation I had with a client last week about sugar intake and how if you are trying to lose weight it's something to pay attention to... They asked me "what about all the sugar in fruit? Isn't that bad for you?" Now this is a perfectly reasonable question as on the surface you would be correct in assuming that fruit does contain a large amount of sugar, however it's important to understand that not all sugars are created equal - Allow me to explain...


The sugar that is naturally contained within fruit is unrefined and has a low glycemic-index meaning that is broken down by your body slowly. Conversely, refined sugar i.e. cane sugar is broken down very rapidly causing a spike in insulin and blood sugar levels. When you consume large quantities of refined sugar throughout the day your blood sugar will be chronically elevated. This often leads to weight gain because your body has no choice but to store any more sugar that is digested as f…