6 Ways CrossFit Improves Quality of Life - By Coach Kevin

CrossFit WOD 4/18/2016:

"Helen:

3 rounds for time of: 

Rx: 
Run, 400 m
21 Kettlebell Swings, 1.5/1 pood
12 Pull-ups 

Competition: Scale one movement 

Performance: 
21 Kettlebell Swings 35/26# 
12 Banded Pull-ups or Ring Rows 

Fitness: 
21 Kettlebell Swings 26/17# 
12 Ring Rows

 

6 Ways CrossFit Improves Quality of Life  

-By Coach Kevin

People who do Crossfit, tend to love Crossfit. There are many reasons to love Crossfit, one of my biggest reason is how much it improves my overall quality of life. Here are 6 ways of how I think Crossfit improves quality of life:

1.        “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.” - Jim Rohn

Having good health is true wealth. In fact, it is the fundamental basis of a quality life. Without good health, we won’t be able to enjoy the things we love to the fullest; whether it’s running around playing with our kids or out travelling and seeing the world.

Crossfitters live a healthy lifestyle. Being active and being health-conscious is important to us. Not only are we more physically fit but we generally feel better, eat better, sleep better, and have more energy than the average person.  Our body is our temple, it is the only thing that we truly own in this lifetime. We understand this and we make it a priority to take care of ourselves. A healthy body is a happy body.

2.       “Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
People who do CrossFit have a certain type of character. We generally are self-improvement geeks; we’re always trying to improve - being faster, stronger, smarter, more efficient, etc. In the gym, we are constantly training and striving to become a better version of ourselves. When we take this attitude and apply it outside the gym, life becomes an adventure; a never ending learning and growing process. Our quality of life can’t help but improve because we naturally try to improve every aspect of our lives.

3.       “Punch fear in the face” – Jon Acuff
Crossfitters are not afraid of a challenge. Some things may seem daunting or impossible, but we always manage to see that gleam of light of possibility. With that gleam and the help of our coaches and community, we’ll work towards it; celebrating every little victory until we eventually conquer it.  Learning to take on challenges or having the courage to face fears is an admirable quality in life. As many say, conquering fear is one of the most liberating things we can do.

4.       “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

In the gym, inspiration is found everywhere. We celebrate those who try, who put in work, and persevere.  It can be new crossfitter coming in last on the workout but still fighting to finish, or it can be a 60 year old man getting his first muscle up after 4 years of working up to it.  There is always a first of something, a PR, an overcome in fear, a conquering of a goal, always something inspirational to be found at the gym. To be surrounded by inspiration on a consistent basis is rare and a treasure to have.

5.       “We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.” – Cicero

One of the essence and foundation of Crossfit is community. Being part of a community improves quality of life as it gives us a sense of belonging. It becomes a place where people of all different background come together for a common goal; to be healthier and fitter. In the gym, we sweat together, we suffer together, and we celebrate together. This creates a natural bond. There are so many great friendships and relationships that sprout through Crossfit.

6.       A stress-free life is a happy life

It is scientifically proven that exercise helps reduce stress. Exercise burns chemicals that cause stress such as cortisol and norepinephrine. It also releases endorphins into your body which makes you feel good.  Besides all that scientific stuff, it’s also that time of day where you get to stop thinking about work, family, or anything else in your life, it’s our time, and it’s important to have something to look forward to each day. Our gym’s motto is “the best hour of your day” and to many of us athletes, it truly is.