8 Things You Can Do Outside the Box To Become a Better CrossFitter
1) Exercise Before or After Your Workout:
When you exercise before your workout, it helps you recover from your workout faster. When you do not have time to go through all the necessary steps of exercising after your workout, then you need to take care of it beforehand. If you are going to exercise before your workout, then make sure that the activity does not cause any injuries.
2) Eat Healthy Foods:
You need to eat healthy foods when you exercise. Eating too much junk food will make your body feel tired and lethargic. Also, eating too many sugary snacks will increase your blood sugar level which may lead to obesity. Always try to choose fruits and vegetables instead of fried foods and sweets.
3) Drink Water During Your Workout:
Drinking water during your workout will keep your energy levels up. Drinking water helps you stay hydrated and prevents dehydration. When you drink enough fluids, your body becomes more efficient at using oxygen and other nutrients. You become less likely to experience cramps, headaches, nausea or dizziness while exercising. Drinking enough fluids can prevent injury due to overhydration.
4) Add 1-2 Hours of Cross Training per Week:
Cross training is very important in order to achieve your desired fitness goals. Many people limit themselves to one specific type of exercise and ignore the other types. Although running or lifting weights can provide a full body workout, performing other exercises like swimming, biking, or even playing a sport can help you burn more calories and gain more overall fitness. These activities are extremely beneficial for strengthening your bones and joints.
5) Focus on Your Form:
When you lift weights, make sure that you focus on your form. Poor lifting techniques can lead to injury and do not increase muscle mass like proper techniques do. Always try to focus on your form when exercising. The more you practice proper form, the easier it will be to do it without thinking about it. This will help you avoid injuries while exercising.
You will also see faster results in muscle gain and fat loss.
6) Be Patient and Consistent:
If you want to see results that last, you need to be patient. It can take several weeks to see real progress. If you get discouraged easily, then this may not be the right hobby for you. Sticking with a consistent routine is important if you want to achieve your desired goals. Try to avoid skipping workouts because you will not only lose your fitness level, but it can also take several weeks to get back to where you were before.
Getting fit is not a quick process no matter what anyone tells you.
7) Do Not Compare Yourself To Others:
Most people have a tendency to compare themselves to others. This is true with exercisers as well. Comparing yourself to others during a workout can lead to frustration. Most people progress at different paces and some are naturally more gifted than others. Do not compare yourself to someone else.
Compare yourself to how you used to be. Try setting mini goals during your first few weeks of lifting weights. For example, try beginning by lifting three sets of ten repetitions with a lighter weight. Once you become more comfortable with the exercise, increase the weight slightly and begin using the proper technique with your new weight. If you stick with it, you will most likely see positive results.
8) Focus on What You Can Eat:
While you should not focus solely on what you can eat, it is still important to maintain a proper diet. Eating foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates before a workout can give you more energy during your routine. Eating foods that are high in protein after your workout can speed up muscle growth and recovery time. Ideally, you want to include all of the food groups into your diet. This will keep your energy levels up and your muscles growing.
Try to eat often during the day, but make sure to eat a small meal before your workout. Here is one of my favorite pre-workout meals: 2 slices of multigrain bread, 4 ounces of turkey and 1 cup of skim milk. Experiment with different foods and see what works for you.
Choose a workout plan that focuses on your fitness level and stick with it. Make sure to track your progress and set mini goals for yourself during your first few weeks. Most importantly, have fun. If you feel overwhelmed or do not like your current routine, seek the advice of a personal trainer or consult sites such as this one for additional information.
You’ve made a good start by reading this article. Now go ahead and get to it!
Sources & references used in this article:
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- CrossFit: Fitness cult or reinventive institution? (MC Dawson – International review for the sociology of sport, 2017 – journals.sagepub.com)
- Rx’d and shirtless: An examination of gender in a CrossFit box (BA Knapp – Women in Sport and Physical Activity …, 2015 – journals.humankinetics.com)