Why We Do This Thing Called CrossFit?
I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about for this month’s newsletter/blog. The goal with my blogs have always been to address coaching points that I don’t have the time to address during classes. In essence, I want to extend my ability to coach beyond the daily classes in order to help as many people as possible. So in deciding whether to cover training or nutrition or some other topic, a clear idea came to mind.
It’s common knowledge that training and exercise improves our lives. But let’s face it, all of us can get stuck in the mundane tasks of just getting through the day that we forget just how powerful CrossFit really is. This is just a reminder so that you all have reasons to continue showing up even when you don’t feel like it. Despite this list being long, it certainly isn’t exhaustive, there are far more. And all of these are very well researched.
Helps Lose Fat
Helps Build Muscle
Exercise is the Best Way To Delay the Consequences of Again
Strengthens Bones and Joints
Improves Hormone Health
Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Improves Skin Health
Can Help Reduce Overall Pain
Improves The Circulatory System and Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Events
Reduces the Risk of Many Types of Cancer
Reduces Risk of Chronic Disease
Improves Overall Energy and Productivity
Improves Attention Span, Accuracy, Memory, Speed with which our Brains Process Information
Reduces Systemic Inflammation
Improves Sexual Function in Men and Women
Improves Sex Drive in Both Men and Women
Reduces Stress and Improves Mood
Boosts Time Management Skills
Improves Confidence and Self Esteem
Improves Sense of Well Being
Improves Sleep Quality
Increases Flexibility and Mobility
Helps Create Friendships
Boosts Overall Fitness and Capacity to do Physical Tasks
Reduces Risk of Complications During Pregnancy
Decreases Recovery Time After Pregnancy
Improves Composition of Gut Microbiome
Improves Overall Gut Health, Reduces Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Strengthens Muscles and Tendons
Improves Readiness For Other Sports
Lastly, It’s Fun
It’s important to note that the degree to which you train is the degree to which you claim the benefits above. Training once per week is better than nothing at all, but also doesn’t provide nearly the same benefit as training 3-5x per week. So stay consistent!
See you all in the gym everyone.