Health vs Fitness

Do you love two-for-one coupon specials? So do we! And in order to redeem yours in the workout world, you need to ask yourself which is more important to you — to train for health or to train for fitness?  The effort you put in and the results you get out are largely driven by the answer.

Have you been confused by advice that seems to contradict itself? For example, “take stairs instead of the elevator to make a big difference.” Then one day later comes the news “exercise 60 minutes a day in your aerobic zone if you want to make changes.” Whoa Nellie, hold on there a moment! (Insert mental whinnying sounds here.) How can these both be true?  The answer lies in the definition of advice for health vs advice for fitness.

To get healthier requires “just a little bit more than the day before.”  To get fit requires more serious (though often fun!) intensity, effort, and time. So it’s important to understand what goal you are aiming for– health or fitness — in order to sort through the info and set the most appropriate exercise program.
For example, if you are motivated to get in shape because a parent died of a heart attack and you want to avoid the same fate, a little cardiowill go a long way to improve your health profile and risk of disease.If your goal is to maintain function and daily activities, you fall under the “happy health” category.

But SHA BAM! – If you plan to change how your body looks or want to lose weight or drop fat, you are looking at the fitness model. So your activity levels need to shift up a gear or three as you have entered the realm of lean body mass, low body fat, high endurance and more!
The super good news? If you train for fitness you get all the health benefits.  What do you get if you exercise for health? Listen in to find out.
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About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!