Here is the-one aspect of the Crossfit brand of fitness that you don’t hear about enough, until you actually join a good one; the sickness, wellness, fitness continuum. The idea is that we can place any measurable metric of health on a continuum. As one moves from sickness to wellness and then fitness these metrics will all move in a positive direction.
Taken from CrossFit’s “What is Fitness?”:
For example, a blood pressure of 160/95 is pathological, 120/70 is normal or healthy, and 105/55 is consistent with an athlete’s blood pressure; a body fat of 40% is pathological, 20% is normal or healthy, and 10% is fit. We observe a similar ordering for bone density, triglycerides, muscle mass, flexibility, HDL or “good cholesterol”, resting heart rate, and dozens of other common measures of health.
This is huge. We are suggesting that by coming in and working out you can begin pushing every measurable metric of your health in a positive direction. Every one, just by working out. Sure, your diet plays a huge role but even if you didn’t change anything about it and just came in and worked out 4-5 times a week, you would still be moving your overall health in a positive direction.
The health we are describing has nothing to do with how you look, or being tone, or having abs or any of that nonsense. The health we’re talking about is one that is associated with moving away from chronic disease. The markers we mentioned improving above are “the predictors, the cause and the manifestation of chronic disease.” The chronic diseases that we often attribute to being out of our control or hereditary such as obesity, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, drug addiction and many others; they’re actually very much affected by our day to day choices, more specifically our choice of whether or not to workout.
“If you caught a nasty virus or a flesh-eating bacteria, you need a doctor. You do not need to go to the gym, and you do not need burpees.” ~ Greg Glassman
Chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of all the deaths in the US. That means 7 out of 10 people die unnecessarily through life-style choices alone. Don’t misunderstand, we are not claiming that fitness is a cure-all. That other 30% of deaths in the US that aren’t related to chronic disease are attributable to things that truly are out of our control. Things like genetic disorders, physical trauma, viruses, poisoning. These are events where the best we can hope for is “good” luck and can only be combatted with medicine, if at all. Chronic diseases on the other hand are preventable and in some cases completely reversible directly by our choices and actions, or lack thereof.
If you need to be reassured by scientific studies that show this relationship before you try it yourself, watch the video below and feel free to look into it’s sources. If you’re ready to start taking actions towards a healthier you, go find a gym! The worst-case scenario is that this is all false and after trying it for a while you walk away stronger, more capable, probably with some new friends and maybe even look a little sexier naked. It’s a win-win.