Poora Singh, Director of The Edgbaston Performance Clinic and Lead Osteopath for Rio 2016 & Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Eating and training are two fundamental aspects of our daily lives that impact our overall health and well-being. While dieting and exercising are often the focus of discussions surrounding weight loss and physical fitness, it is important to understand the difference between the two concepts.
Eating refers to the act of consuming food and drink, while training refers to the specific program of physical activity that aims to improve one’s physical fitness. The language we use to describe these activities can greatly impact our perception and behavior. For example, the term “diet” often conjures up negative connotations of restriction and deprivation, while the term “exercise” may bring to mind a dreaded workout.
On the other hand, the language of “eating” and “training” shifts the focus from restriction and obligation to nourishment and personal growth. When we focus on nourishing our bodies with healthy and balanced meals, we are more likely to make mindful choices about what we consume, rather than simply counting calories or restricting certain foods. This can help us form a positive relationship with food, leading to sustained healthy eating habits.
Similarly, “training” emphasizes the development of skills and mastery over one’s own body, rather than simply trying to burn calories. This shift in perspective can help individuals develop a love for physical activity and a commitment to making it a regular part of their lives.
It is also important to recognize that a healthy relationship with food and physical activity is not just about weight loss, but also about overall health and well-being. Good nutrition provides the body with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to function at its best. Regular physical activity can improve cardiovascular health, increase strength and flexibility, and boost mental health.
In conclusion, by focusing on “eating” and “training” rather than “dieting” and “exercising,” we can shift our focus from restriction and obligation to nourishment and personal growth. This can help us form a positive relationship with food and physical activity, leading to sustained healthy habits and improved overall health and well-being.