Warm-up: 300m Row,
MetCon – For Time:
Run a 5K
As promised here is another installment of “Tuesdays with Clients” from our very own Jonathan Kerr.
I just went back and read the recent guest post by Travis. I was looking for inspiration, but instead found my spirits crushed by the thought of having to follow such inspiring material. So, I decided to touch a little on one aspect of fitness (and life) that I struggle most with: Habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
We’ve all heard this famous quote by Aristotle. Most of the time, when people think “habit,” they think about the bad ones… biting your fingernails, smoking, sleeping through breakfast, obsessively checking steepandcheap.com for sweet deals when I should be working… but the ability to develop and sustain good habits can be even more enabling than bad habits can be debilitating.
We’re fortunate. The discipline required to be an ever-improving Crossfit athlete has the power to condition many ‘good’ habits into our lives and routines. At my best, I would find myself on Sunday afternoons getting restless if I didn’t get down on the floor and do some pushups, sit ups, or even air squats. Nowadays I find myself doing hip mobility and stretching at work, in the shower, or laying in bed. It’s important for us to recognize the habits that we form in our lives and separate the good from the bad.
How do you weed out the bad ones? Forge new good habits. One Latin Proverb says “A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” Take this to heart. If you aren’t in the habit of doing something, you’re in the habit of NOT doing it. So, as it relates to Crossfit, small changes in your life can eventually lead to habits, and those habits will eventually elicit results. Drink water at lunch instead of diet coke. Take 5 minutes to stretch out after your WOD. Easy steps to take, but little things like this can snowball and make you a stronger, healthier, and generally more useful human.
Challenge yourself with a new habit and post to comments.