Happy Belated Birthday, Alice!
By definition, fitness and wellness should be somewhat synonymous. In our society however, fitness is often defined by what an a person is capable of doing physically. Someone who can run a sub 6 minute mile, deadlift 3 times his bodyweight, or put up a sub-3 minute Fran is considered pretty darn ‘fit.’ Meanwhile, wellness is an afterthought and only lamented when you are feeling unwell. By this definition, someone who doesn’t smoke, eats well, and manages to dodge flus and colds is considered ‘well,’ or healthy.
Those of you who have been with us long enough to have experienced a tough workout while hungover, after a meal Marcus wouldn’t approve of, or following a sleepless night know how intertwined these two words are. I think there are 5 equally important aspects to be Fit/Well. Take stock of your lifestyle and rate the following from 1-10.
- Sleep: Although all 5 of these aspects are important, this one absolutely has to happen or your body will fall apart. Period.
- Working out: Lift heavy weights. Run fast. Excel in bodyweight movements/gymnastics. Work on your goats and don’t wod shop (Yeah, we noted how the attendance yesterday was abysmal for a Monday and how it coincided with a running workout).
- Nutrition: Do the Whole 30 Challenge. Create a paleo template diet that fits you.
- Lifestyle : Achieve a work/life balance. Eliminate stress. Make sure your weekends are exactly that: the week’s end. Go play.
- Recovery: You beat yourselves up pretty hard in here. You need to tend to your recovery proactively. Roll, stretch, mobilize on your own time or your body will pay the price.
If any of the above scored below an 8, take this next week and work on it. See if it improves your performance in the gym. Periodically revisit this self-quiz when you feel like you’re hitting a plateau in your gains.
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