Finding effective balance in your life is not an easy task. Balance is relevant in all aspects of our lives but lets look at finding balance with your fitness regime in our case CrossFit.
Here is a typical scenario we have seen more than once.
This progressed into training for and competing in various competitions and making sure she didn’t miss a single social event with her new found family. What could be wrong with this? She was super fit, focused on a healthy diet and lifestyle and making new friends to boot. She thought she was on track.
Three years on and Bronwyn realised that she was actually quite the opposite to what she thought. She had given Crossfit priority over her family life, she hadn’t caught up with her non-crossfit friends in a very long time, her muscles were sore and tight as hell and she was pretty obsessed about food.
In this case there was no conscious decision to allow Crossfit to take over her life. Everyone else was doing the same thing! The temptation to give 110% day in and day out is pretty common in many CrossFit gyms but the toll on the body and the mind can be unforgiving.
This scenario, that Bronwyn experienced, is quite possibly a part of the Crossfit journey for all of us, to some degree. Only time in the environment allows us to stand back, assess where we are at and decide what is really important to us. Over time, the personal events that take place in our lives also help shape this.
So, what is balance? You should feel calm, grounded, clear-headed and motivated. You have a handle on the internal (mind, heart, health) and external (work, social, family, fun) elements in your life and don’t feel like you are being pulled to hard in one particular direction. A well balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive action and moving forward in a meaningful way.
So here is your mental checklist for determining how balanced you are in CrossFit. If you can answer yes to all of these questions then you are well on the way to a happy and balanced lifestyle with your CrossFit gym:
- I work out 4 to 5 times per week;
- I dedicate 2 days per week to active rest and recovery and am aware that this has direct positive outcomes on my Crossfit;
- I regularly dedicate time focusing on technique rather than chasing kilos and on some days I choose to take it easy in the wod;
- I regularly swap a Crossfit class for an alternative fitness activity such as running, biking, hiking, swimming, Boxfit
- I am conscious of obtaining 8 hours sleep a night;
- I am focused on healthy nutrition that I am able to sustain;
- I don’t let my desire to workout override the necessity for me to fulfil my family responsibilities.
- I regularly enjoy just relaxing with family and friends;
- I am working on setting some reasonable goals;
- I have a hobby outside of the gym that I really enjoy – the gym is not my hobby;
- I enjoy finding a quiet time to reflect or meditate when I am taking time out from the gym;
- I get pleasure in working out outside and being able to enjoy the environment;
- I like taking time out to help other people in the gym and am aware of the need for a co-operative workout environment.
No doubt there are some things in this checklist that you have never thought of and so, you get the idea. We all know that keeping fit and strong at CrossFit is a positive thing but it should be seen as a means to an end. That end being to be better at life.
So for us mere mortals the key is not to try to change everything at once, but to make small adjustments over time to determine what works for you to balance all the things important to you in your life. Eventually you will have a whole new set of habits around CrossFit resulting in more positive outcomes and a happier you.
We guarantee with a more balanced approach to your CrossFit will improve and the PB’s will flow.