#HealthierMe: What is Health & Fitness?
Most of us would agree that our reasons for choosing CrossFit (or any exercise) would include, “To be more healthy and fit.” It seems like a search many of us find ourselves partaking in throughout our lives.
Do we really know what we are looking for or how to get it? What is health? What is fitness? Are these two things even related?
There are many messages bombarding us about what to do to be healthier and more fit…
“20 Quick & Easy Ways to Get Healthier Fast”
“5 Things You Need To Do To Be Healthy”
“15 Ways to Get More Fit”
“17 Tips to Help You Get Leaner and Fitter”
Basically their messages come down to: eat this, don’t eat that. Drink this juice. Do this cleanse. Do this 1 exercise 3 times a day. Don't smoke. All these promises about what will make us “healthy.” All these ideas about what size or shape make us “fit.”
This might surprise you, but I don’t think your health or level of fitness is (only) made in the gym. What I do think is that CrossFit is often a catalyst of change, sending you on a path to better health and resulting in you being more fit. CrossFit is a great place to start, and an important piece of the health & fitness equation, but we would be doing you a disservice if we didn't incorporate the whole equation-- Eat, Think, Do.
If you google the definition of “fitness” you come up with, “the condition of being physically fit and healthy," and “health” shows up as, “the state of being free from illness or injury.” There definitely appears to be a relationship between the two, and CrossFit Inc has been determined to unite the health and fitness fields.
CrossFit Inc. defines “world-class” fitness in 100 words, describing what to eat, what movements to train and how often to train, etc.
And they go into great detail about their 3 fitness standards
1) competency in the 10 general physical
2) that you perform well at any and every
3) that you train and develop all 3 metabolic
But they emphasize another aspect of fitness, and that is health! They measure every value of health on a continuum that ranges from sickness to wellness to fitness.
“Done right, fitness provides a great margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease… Fitness is and should be “super-wellness.”
“We are not just exercising.
We are not just forging elite fitness.
We are shaping the future.
We are teaching people how to break this cycle.
And it can affect generations to come.”
There are some components of health that we don’t control. Of course there are certain diseases, conditions, illnesses, tragic events and our broken health-care system that will wreak havoc regardless of our diligence. But the point is there is piece of this cycle we control and we don’t have to be a statistic. Greg Glassman (CrossFit founder) explains that 70% of the deaths in the United States every year are from chronic disease, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke & cancer. But real food and intense movement can reverse many chronic diseases!
“Seventy percent of what kills people
can be addressed by what CrossFit trainers do,
and the other 30 percent of deaths occur based on luck,
so get fit and do not think about luck!!”
What we can control in our journey to be healthier and more fit is what we eat, think, and do. And when we eat, think and do better, we live better! Does that sound too simple?
We want to make sure Chuckwalla helps you focus on the whole equation. We are entering into an extended series called #HealthierMe. The goal is to educate and inspire you, so that you can eat, think, and do better. Then we hope that you will live a longer, fuller life because of that.
Starting this #HealthierMe series is our free Nutrition Workshop this Saturday, August 12, at 10:30am. We are bringing in Amanda Walker for this workshop because her passion is teaching people how to eat a balanced daily diet that is sustainable for life. Then we plan to continue to partner with her services and promote eating real food.
Positive thinking goes a long way. But life can be hard! We get that. Starting next week we will be sharing a 6-part blog series on “Resiliency” by Julie Ballew, LCPC, CCFP. She will give you 5 Core Resiliency Factors that will change your life, because they will change the way you think!
If you’re here on this page, you probably partake with us in these things we call WODs (workout of the day, if you haven’t caught that by now…). Hopefully you are able to come 4-5 days a week (or substitute some days with other exercise!) and give good effort during both the strength and the metcons. We will also be sharing practical ways to do more, aka move more, outside of the gym, since MOST of the hours of your day are actually (usually) spent outside of the gym, and those hours matter just as much.
Enjoy! We hope you follow along and that you are inspired!