CrossFit & the Holiday Season: How to Stay in the Game
CrossFit is a popular workout program developed by Greg Glassman. It was first introduced in 2005 and it has been gaining popularity among the masses ever since. CrossFit workouts are designed to improve your overall health and fitness level through a combination of strength training, cardio exercise, flexibility exercises, weight lifting and other elements. The program consists of several different movements that have been categorized into three groups: A – B – C (A being aerobic, B being resistance training and C being muscle building). Each group has its own specific goal. For example, the A group will focus on increasing strength while the B group will focus on improving endurance. The C group will aim at building muscle mass and overall fitness.
The CrossFit program is extremely effective when it comes to getting results due to its high intensity nature and variety of exercises. There are many benefits that come with participating in CrossFit workouts such as increased stamina, improved cardiovascular capacity, reduced risk of injury and much more. You can read more about CrossFit here.
In addition to the numerous benefits that come with CrossFit workouts, there are some drawbacks too. One drawback is that CrossFit workouts may not be suitable for everyone. Another drawback is that if you do participate in CrossFit workouts, you must follow certain guidelines so as to avoid injuries or burnout. If you want to stay fit throughout the year without having to sacrifice your personal life, then this article might be right for you!
Here is how you can stay in shape while still having fun.
If you are a busy individual (or maybe a lazy one!), then working out at home is definitely the way to go. There are numerous guides and e-books out there that can help you get started with CrossFit from the comfort of your own home.
Also, you can take up hiking as a hobby. This is a great low-impact way to stay in shape. Furthermore, hiking has numerous other health benefits apart from just being an overall fun activity.
If you don’t have the motivation to go to a gym or participate in outdoor activities, then you can always turn to video games. There are several video games out there nowadays that can help you stay fit either by directly working your core muscles or by simulating real life situations such as climbing a hill or lifting something heavy. A few popular examples are the Uncharted series, The Last of Us and the Tomb Raider reboot.
If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, then now is the best time to do so. You can either enroll yourself in a dance school or watch videos on the internet. Learning how to dance is not only fun but it also has numerous other health benefits such as improving your balance and flexibility. It will also help you socialize and make new friends.
The key to staying fit is to always find something that you enjoy doing. Whether it’s going to the gym or participating in outdoor activities, if you enjoy it, you are more likely to keep doing it!
As of now, I am going to start playing the Uncharted games as I heard great things about them and I’m really interested in them.
What are some activities that you like doing to keep yourself fit?
Let me know in the comments section below!
Sources & references used in this article:
- The nature and prevalence of injury during CrossFit training. (PT Hak, E Hodzovic, B Hickey – Journal of strength and conditioning …, 2013 – europepmc.org)
- Injury rate and patterns among CrossFit athletes (BM Weisenthal, CA Beck, MD Maloney… – … journal of sports …, 2014 – journals.sagepub.com)
- CrossFit overview: systematic review and meta-analysis (JG Claudino, TJ Gabbett, F Bourgeois… – Sports medicine …, 2018 – Springer)
- CrossFit study (J Paine, J Uptgraft, R Wylie – Command and General Staff …, 2010 – crossfitpraha.com)