Is there a difference? How can you tell if what you are doing is working for your goals? Once known, can you do the right things to optimize?
These questions lead us on the path of both seeking and finding the answers that will serve our wants and needs. To do anything without purpose is a waste of energy and our being. We are all born with the same capabilities and yet for most of us we lose the ability to move free and without pain. This can be avoided if only to stay focused on what truly offers us benefit.
Even as we age we get stuck in what we have done for years, leaving us with sore and stiff bodies, our minds get bored and stop growing and we settle into patterns both physically and mentally that don't challenge us. So how do we know if what we are doing is correct?
First, understand what you want. If you want to lose weight, get lean, build muscle then sticking to a more superficial method is the direction you will drift towards. These goals unfortunately have left behind the true intention of training and leave most people looking much better than they feel, which is too bad.
However if you really want to learn how to transform your body and mind then training for health is the path for you. And make no mistake your body will change as you begin to care for it with greater concern and attention. The process involves more time invested, like the rest of your life. So be aware of that if you are one of those who wants things now.
The first step is to always gain and keep postural integrity. This ensures that there is no wavering in the spine position regardless of movements. One of the most common things for people to do is 'Sticking the ass' out when they squat or do any hinge movements, the problem is the lumbar spine is built for stability and constantly putting stress on it with hyper-extension-flexion is a bad idea.
The second step is develop foundational movements. These are the human beings most unique traits compared to our primate cousins. The ability to move thru Sagittal, Frontal and Transverse planes is crucial for overall health. When almost all of our time is spent in sagittal we are losing the kinetic connection to the other planes thus making training through the Myofascial Meridians become super vital. Always change how you train, even in the middle of a workout. Its good for the body and the brain. Repeating the same patterns over and over is counterintuitive.
The final step is...
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR WORKOUTS. They don't always have to leave puddles of sweat to be effective. Change your tempo, intensity and never waver from moving within control.
Move Better, Move Often