As we get ready to welcome in 2019, it is typical to set a New Years resolution of getting shape. That’s definitely not a bad thing; lots of folks view the new year as a chance to start fresh, start new and make a commitment to be better. Once the resolution is made, this is where things can get intimidating… there is so much information, different methodologies, and opportunities vying for your attention; it can be truly overwhelming.
In an effort to make things a little simpler, let’s turn to a concise definition of what fitness is:
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to
levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean,
squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope
climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run,
swim, row, etc., hard and fast. Five or six days per week, mix these elements in as many
combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short
and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.” – Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder
Yes, the definition is from CrossFit. But let’s break it down and take a look at what’s really being said.
First thing, and definitely most important, is nutrition. One can’t out-train a bad diet. Keep things simple. Eat natural meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and minimal sugar. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and try to keep processed and added sugars in limited amounts.
Second, multi joint compound movements, movements that activate several muscle groups at the same time. These movements may sound confusing but they really aren’t. They are movements we use in everyday life to function ergo they are “functional movements”.
A deadlift is nothing more than picking up a grocery bag off the ground. Want to place the Christmas decorations on a shelf in the garage? You’ve just done a press. Gymnastics is meant to improve core stability and overall mobility. Cardiovascular activities like biking, running, and swimming improve your ability to do activities for longer periods of time. All of this contributes to one’s ability to handle fitness and activity multiple days of the week. These movements and different types of exercise (plus sound nutrition) are the building blocks that establish a good foundation and together comprise a balanced and complete fitness package.
The bottom line is just be active; mix things up. Boredom is the enemy of consistency. If you’re stuck doing the same thing over and over, and it’s not something you like to do, why would you want to continue doing it? Try something new; climb rocks, run trails, bike the greenways, take a dance class. You never know what you’ll like and what you may find to be your passion. That applies to life outside of fitness as well! Get out there and just GO!
To wrap things up in a nice little bow this holiday season, if you’re thinking about making that New Years resolution to get more active, I’d invite you to just remember those 100 words on fitness. I am not only advocating for CrossFit; although it is a great addition to any exercise regimen.
Keep it simple, be adventurous, be open to learning, and have fun!. But most of all remember, it’s a journey that takes place over a long time. Don’t expect miracles overnight. The miracle comes from the consistency and dedication to yourself. That’s who you’re doing it for in the end. Make 2019 the year that you invest in yourself and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.