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Does your Fitness Serve You?

If your fitness doesn’t serve you, it should! Carrying out your daily functions and routines should be an easy task, but for many, the task of walking to the car or up a flight of stairs without getting winded is a difficult task. Do you get frequent low back pain or knee pain that limits your ability to live the life you want? Are you always getting sick and not able to live your life? Are you tired and never seem to have enough energy? If you answered yes to any of these, then your fitness is may not serving you. So how do you get it to serve you?

The easy answer would be to move more and eat less. The impact of this can be amazing as your body will all around feel better and your body composition will improve to support your lifestyle. It’s not always that simple though. When we say move more, we mean, move more in ways that support your function outside of the gym. That includes squatting, deadlifting, and pressing as ways to strengthen your body to carry out basic human functions. In addition to that, we recommend lots and lots of core work like front planks and side planks. These are crucial for improving postural strength and endurance that anyone who stands or sits at work for long periods of time, needs.

 

If you just implemented those things, you would be well on your way to having your fitness serve you!  However, just being strong doesn’t full solve the problem, we also want to be able to breathe and move for long periods of time. To do that, we need to do “aerobic” or sustainable cardiovascular work. An easy way to get this done is to go for a long walk. If that’s too simple, turn that walk into a long run or a bike ride! The goal here is to get your body to be able to sustain constant movement for long periods without needing to rest.

 

And finally, we need to look at our diet. What good is all exercise you just did if your diet doesn’t support you. Try sticking to lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid refined sugars, and stick to shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. Doing this will begin to create an extra buffer against chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc. You can get super strong and be able to move for hours at a time, but if your diet is terrible, you could die before you fully get to express your fitness, now that would suck!

 

If you feel like your fitness isn’t serving you, try implementing the things mentioned above and you’ll see a major improvement! If you feel like you need some more direction, your best option is to book a No Sweat Intro and sit down with one of our coaches to set up a game plan, you can do that here:

 

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17540487&appointmentType=9777703

 

If you can’t find the time to make it in for an Intro, send us a email at al@crossfit286.com and we will send you a free 30 day guide to get you back on track!

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