We all lead busy lives. If we are not careful, our fitness is sometimes the first thing to go and before you know it, we are feeling left with less energy. Here are five ways you can add fitness to your day:
- Increase Physical “Work”
Technology has caused a major shift in the way humans live and made physical activity an optional daily occurrence. Luckily with a creative mindset we can still take advantage of many events in our days that are ripe for the picking with good old fashioned labor. Try some of these challenges to increase your work capacity throughout the day:
- At the grocery store steer clear of the shopping cart. Try to only use a basket (or two) to carry your food. As you navigate the aisles you’ll be improving your grip and building core strength with a bonus deadlift thrown in any time you set your basket down. By choosing to carry the items you will also develop awareness around what you’re purchasing. The bottom line, you get more fit and only the essentials make it home. Your inner hunter-gatherer will be proud!
- Park far away in the parking lot. It’s just as fast as driving up and down the lanes to get as close as possible.
- Take the Stairs. Every step counts and if you’re really motivated try throwing in some lunges.
- Leave the car in the garage.Take a new approach to your daily travel and try to walk or bike to work.
- Stretch It Out (Every Chance You Get)
A terrific habit to build is to practice full range of motion and proper biomechanics in the daily activities you already do. How many times a day do you catch yourself hunched over, chin to chest with your neck craning to look into a screen. Ouch! Focus on good posture with shoulders back and eyes gazing straight ahead. See how it affects your mood, confidence and energy levels!
- While grabbing items off of a bottom shelf or cabinet, hold the bottom position of a squat and drive your knees out to the sides. Spending 10 minutes a day in the bottom of a squat can be life changing for your spine, hips, and knees!
- If you’re talking on the phone or typing at your computer incorporate ankle rolls at the same time. Rotate your foot at the ankle as if you were at the beach writing your name in the sand with your toes. Make sure to practice each letter of the alphabet.
- Driving to and from work? This is a great time to work on externally rotating your shoulders while sitting up tall with a proud chest.
- Equalize The Sedentary Activities
Take advantage of time that doesn’t require movement to work postural muscles or build in fitness breaks. Alternating work and rest periods will increase metabolism and improve circulation. This can even be a great opportunity to develop your strength. By practicing strength daily you can make remarkable improvements in a short amount of time. Strength is a skill and the majority of initial gains in strength are due to neuromuscular adaptations to training.
- For office work or writing try a standing desk or treadmill desk.
- If you’re at home watching television try to practice push-ups, squats, or core exercises during the commercial breaks. One popular method technique is called “grease the groove. The premise is simple, pick a movement you want to improve at and perform a set of the exercise with half of your maximal reps (eg. if your max number of pullups is 10, you will want to perform sets of 5). Rest at least 15 minutes between sets. Repeat as often as possible throughout your day.
- Get Outside Every Day
Getting outdoors is the perfect chance to reset and reconnect with your body. Whether it’s a park you swing by on the way home from your work or stepping out on the back porch with your morning coffee making time for the outdoors is an essential. Moving outside requires us to apply our bodies to move in new and challenging ways. Some recommendations:
- Climb a tree, seriously when was the last time you did? Go now, you can thank me later…
- Walk or run barefoot. Connecting your feet with the dirt, grass, or sand feels great, allows full range of motion, and strengthens the feet.
- Find a rock, log, or another odd object to be your new “pet rock”. Take your new found pet on a walk and enjoy this new test of fitness.
- Find A Community
One of the best ways to add fitness to your day is to surround yourself with people who care about their health. Positive social support has been proven to improve adherence to exercise and dietary habits. If you feel like you need help in achieving your health and fitness goals maybe joining a tribe of people on the same journey is the best way to add fitness to your day!
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Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.
It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.
This month’s spotlight is on Brent Widlak, a member since December 2016.
When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?
Brent: I joined December 2016 to get back in shape so I could play sports again at a competitive level and a seven-year break after shoulder surgery and chasing the kids around the USA.
What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?
The people. I LOVE the competitive spirit, the passion and the desire to improve ourselves and to help push and improve each other, all while smiling, complaining, laughing and sharing.
What is your favorite movement?
Overhead presses. We all generally love what we are best at!
What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?
Since I didn’t have ANY goals when I started, and they seem to change every week as I get better and stronger, I would still have to say going from the 2017 CrossFit Open and scaling everything, to RX’ing everything in 2018, was an awesome feeling.
What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?
I want to butterfly pull-ups and chest-to-bar, and generally I want to really work on proper form and technique.
What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?
As everyone says, just try it! CrossFit is such a great community. Not only will you improve how you look and feel, but you can become part of a “family” with similar goals and similar problems that we all help each other to get through.
How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?
Too many ways to list but I am so much happier about myself in so many ways that I feel I am a better person, husband, father and friend!
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
I sang in a choir that traveled and competed across the United States, and another choir that traveled to Korea, Japan and Hawaii. I enjoy karaoke and singing in the shower nowadays.
If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?
It would include the movements that gave me the most problems to learn. Rowing to buy in, with double-unders, bar muscle ups and handstand push-ups. Now that I am looking what I wrote down, don’t ever do this workout or nobody will like me!
Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): Stay healthy, push myself to be better, have some healthy competition, and have a TON of fun.
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