We all love exercising hard and fast. It’s why we are here. Well, that and to actually have a social life. The feeling of crushing a great workout, or even just getting through it at times, empowers us physically, mentally and emotionally. A lot of people get hooked from that very first WOD they complete. For some it’s the competitive atmosphere, others the camaraderie, and some masochists just like the pain:) Still, however obsessed you may be about Crossfit, remember there are other things in life we can do with our bodies to improve our overall fitness.
On an intensity scale from 1-10, Crossfit can be about a 15 at times. And we will say watching TV is a generous 1. This wiiiiiiide gap is full of activities and things you can do. Your activities should not be limited to sleeping/sitting and completely red-lining every fiber of my being. After all, what we are doing are “functional movements” (insert definition: Functional movements are movements based on real-world situational biomechanics. They usually involve multi-planar, multi-joint movements which place demand on the body's core musculature and innervation.
) Sooooo…take advantage of what you are doing inside the gym and do some other activities now and again. I know I know, Ohio winters can be miserable and limit outdoor activities, but about 8 months out of the year there’s no excuse why we can’t enjoy the world around us: garden, yard work, hiking, rock climbing, golf, frisbee, tennis, softball, yoga, volleyball, wallyball, put up a fence, take down a fence! Cycling, jogging for fun (“I believe it's jogging or yogging. it might be a soft j. I'm not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It's supposed to be wild”
), picking up trash in a park, walking the dog, wrestling, kickboxing, dancing! Okay, maybe that last one is a little tough for some people to get into, but you see my point. Take a rest day or weekend, put down your Crossfit kool-aid and think outside the box. There’s no sense is doing a bunch of physically demanding functional movements if you don’t spend some time doing the things you enjoy and love, and making use of all this training.
Some say they train not to suck at life. Don’t forget that second part.