You’re a parent. You spend a lot of time, energy, and enthusiasm on your kids. Nothing wrong with that—too few parents seem to these days. But is it costing you your health?
See if this sounds familiar: You grew up healthy and active. Athletic, even. You played varsity sports in high school and were on the swim team in college. Well into your 20’s, you’d have gone for a run or a pick-up game over a movie with friends. But …
Kids have different needs. You get less sleep, for one thing. Your minimal life has become full of “stuff” you just have to take care of. The time you used to set aside for yoga is now spent packing lunches and playing chauffer. Healthy salads started giving way to McDonald’s and Domino’s and macaroni and cheese.
And then comes that day when you step on the scale…and realize you can’t even SEE the damn scale without leaning way far forward. You’re unhealthy. You’re miserable. You decide you need to do something.
In and of itself, that’s good; the problem is, you want to fix things RIGHT. NOW. And it really doesn’t work that way.
Put the weight didn’t come on quickly, and it won’t go away instantaneously no matter how much you starve yourself (and that’s dangerous, anyway). Health isn’t a destination so much as a long-term journey. So where do you start?
CrossFit Can Help
Hey, this is a CrossFit website and blog … what did you think we were going to suggest? Self-serving plugs aside, if you’re looking for a place to start, CrossFit is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck. You can’t get immediate health, but you can get immediate benefit … and perhaps more importantly, immediate encouragement.
Still, it’s a big—and potentially scary—step: we get that. But that’s another reason CrossFit makes a perfect starting point. Being overweight can make one too self-conscious to want to go to a gym at all, but even first-timers quickly realize that CrossFit is a community of people of all different fitness levels supporting and encouraging each other. Regulars will go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Even if you’re so out of shape that you can barely do the movements without support, you’ll find your community will work with you. And something will likely begin to begin to grow in you: hope. You see, even you are embarrassed about how your look, your weight, whatever … there is something empowering about having a barbell in your hands.
The weight you lift doesn’t matter—not at first. Just being in that situation sparks a feeling of strength that will make you hunger for more. And them more you feed this hunger, the more you begin to believe you can do anything you set your mind to. And suddenly, a couple days a week aren’t enough. Two classes become three, then four. Before you know it, you’ll be working out on a regular basis … and loving it.
It’s Not All About the Scale
Losing weight in the name of health is a worthy goal … but it’s not everything. The most important victory you’ll probably experience is the benefit of good health. No more spending days in doctors’ offices or exhausted on the couch. In fact, there’s a good chance you don’t even realize how much negative impact being unhealthy has on your life right now.
Once you start in with CrossFit, however, you’ll begin changing your life from the inside out. Don’t be surprised if you feel more awake during the day and are able to sleep better at night. You may notice less anxiety, and feel more in control of your moods and emotions. Some have described it as being given a brand-new life full of energy and possibility.
Perhaps more important than anything, however, is a victory over FEAR: fear of pain. Fear of not being able to do what you really want. Fear that life is passing you by. Fear can be crippling, especially fearing what people think of you. The fear of not being able to succeed because of physical limitations can easily take you from being a participant in life … to merely watching from the sidelines.
And here’s another real fear: the fear of not setting the right example for your kids.
You’re never too fat, too old, or too unhealthy to take back your life. Yes, the journey may be long … but actually, that’s a GOOD thing. It becomes less of milestone, and more simply a way of life. There will be ups and down, but don’t quit. But the end result will be worth the investment.