Staying Active, Explained

Almost a year ago (yes, we’ll be ‘1’ on 6/30!) we wrote an article entitled Physical Activity and Exercise, What’s the Difference? Now that we have been exercising for another year and getting more curious about the world of exercising regularly, we are wondering more about the verbiage surrounding exercise.

What does it mean to be active? Is there a difference between being active and exercising? Between working out and training? If brag to my friends about my workout and say that I’ve done my weight ‘training’, is that a faux pas?

  Row Team  Well, apparently it is. (as I turn red and promise never to say that I’m training again!) According to Mark Rippetoe, who has written some interesting articles on the subject, they are very different and you cannot do both. So, now I know, Athletes train, I exercise. Ab Carver Pro   And I am happy I do – it’s still tough getting up at 5 am but hey, I highly recommend it for all the reasons you’ve heard – self-confidence, sunnier outlook, feeling better and feeling healthier – not to mention the clothes aren’t quite as snug.

So I started doing some research about the difference between exercising and training and found an article written by Mark Rippetone.  As I read Mark’s article, I could tell that he was someone who was knowledgeable so I wanted to learn more about him. Read on…

You can read 2 of Mark’s articles here:

‘Training’ vs. ‘Exercise’: What’s the Difference?

Being curious, I typed ‘Mark Rippetoe’ into Google and found that he’s dedicated his life to training and helping others. You can visit Wikipedia for more information about Mark, his gym and his many accomplishments and you can read one of his books (sold on Amazon, of course), shown below.

So you can see we have role models to help keep us motivated. People like Mark at 61 and Grace at 65 who have made physical fitness a big part of their lives and have made the lifelong commitment to staying healthy. I know I am motivated by these individuals and hope you are too.

Books by Mark Rippetoe, tap an image to buy on Amazon…

The Barbell Prescription Mean Mr. Gravity Practical Programming for Strength Training Starting Strength - GP Strong Enough

We hope you enjoy Mark’s story and if you or someone you know is staying physically fit, please share with us !

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit, we hope you found this article interesting. Wishing you the best of health!

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Featured Image licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0 Nick Youngson


Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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    1. Thank you Roger – we put a lot of effort into them with the hope that they will improve your quality of life and help you stay active forever! We are continuing on the expansion of our printable exercising, so please let us know if we can help you in any way, or if you have a story to tell, we’d love to hear it. Thank you for your support!


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