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Exercise Is Only One Piece Of The Puzzle

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Exercise Is Only One Piece Of The Puzzle

Written by Debbie Leonti

“Coach Deb, I am coming in here 5-6 days a week.  I am training my butt off, but it’s still there!  I don’t understand why I am not seeing the results I want in the time I have been here…It’s been over a year!  What do I do?”

This is the struggle that I seem to hear over and over.  We all want to look and feel good, but can’t seem to accomplish those goals we are endlessly striving for.  Do not get discouraged, give up, or say that crossfit is just not helping you.  While I strongly believe in the power of crossfit with yielding fantastic results for both men and women of all ages, it is not solely your 5-6 days of hard training that will necessarily get you to a level you are hoping for.  It is what we do OUTSIDE of the gym that will aid those hard hours of work put into training to get you a step closer to reaching those goals.

PROPER HYDRATION

Making sure you are drinking enough (WATER!) is crucial.  Our bodies are made up mainly of water; so, it is important to continuously hydrate our bodies, especially when exercising.  A good rule of thumb is try for half your bodyweight in ounces.  Always have a bottle of water at hand whether it’s at your desk or in your car.  Simply switching from other liquids to water is a big step in the right direction.

SLEEP

Are you trying to get about 8 hours of sleep every night?  I know that our lifestyles can be crazy and some of us have more challenging schedules than others, but sleep is essential to allow the body to properly rest and recover.  If we want to LOOK and FEEL good, sleep is an important aspect in our lives that we need to try and prioritize better.

NUTRITION

This is a big one!  “I just worked out hard for an hour, so I deserve that large pizza and shake after.  Am I right? ”  Sounds like you’re rewarding yourself for a job well done–wait, are we puppies?  Do we need to be “rewarded” every time we accomplish something positive? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  We can spend countless amounts of hours in the gym, but we can NEVER out-exercise poor nutrition planning.  Nutrition is the foundation of our overall health and wellness.  If we can get a better grip on this, that strong foundation will allow our bodies to look and perform in ways we may have never thought possible.

With that being said, I don’t expect you to never eat a slice of pizza or have your favorite ice cream ever again.  I am simply asking you to just be more MINDFUL with food choices.  Select less processed foods and experiment with your own cooking.  You don’t have to go “cold turkey” on things you enjoy, but try to find a balance.

With our lifestyle challenge coming up, this is a perfect opportunity for us to try and educate you on proper nutrition and creating new habits that will make a big difference in the long run.  There is no “magic formula.”  It takes consistency and hard work to try and achieve balance in your life.  We aren’t looking for perfection, but we are looking for making some changes for the better.

I hope that by reading this, it will motivate you to try and get a better grasp on other aspects in your life to help see and feel the results you are trying to achieve through CrossFit. Our sport is only one piece of the puzzle.  Let’s try and figure out the rest!