Crossfit, health, wellness, and fitness are all part of a journey. I use the word journey because some people get in the habit of confusing it with a destination. Your body is a very complex machine that requires constant upkeep and dedication in order to maintain.
We all know that our cars need maintenance. We need to change the oil, replace our tires, get tune ups, keep the interior free of trash, etc. Some of us even go as far as parking our big, beautiful, expensive cars outside out house to wash, wax and be on display for everyone to see. There is also the understanding that without that regular upkeep, our cars will not last long. If the check engine light comes on and we ignore it, disaster could be right around the corner.
Your body is even more complex and the upkeep on it needs to happen DAILY. You need to feed your body the right fuel, stay hydrated, move dynamically, work on your weaknesses and stay strong. If you do so, just like a car, you will last longer.
Health, wellness, and fitness do not have a destination. No matter how hard you work there will never come a day when you can say "Well, I've worked out for 5 years straight I am the healthiest I have ever been, I do not need to work hard anymore this will now last forever".
The beautiful thing about Crossfit is that when you are a part of a Crossfit gym you are surrounded by a community of people who's values and beliefs are that of fitness and health. Since we are naturally social beings we gravitate to those around us and it all of a sudden becomes easier to prioritize getting up at 4am to go to the gym and to make healthy food choices throughout the day.
Holidays, vacations, birthdays tend to all be little crossroads on peoples journey. For people outside of the Crossfit community this can end their fitness journey. However, in the Crossfit world we need only to look to our friends, our tribe, our "Crossfit family" for help. I have, on more than one occasion, reached out to the community to help me stay motivated when life seems to want to get in the way and I am always met with helping hands.
Being healthy and fit is SIMPLE, NOT EASY. We all know what we "should" do but these days it is all to common for people to choose the path of least resistance. It is too easy to give in and eat that dessert or skip a day when we know we shouldn't. We have all seen the numbers on health, obesity, disease in the US, there are countless articles to cite and medial research to backup the argument to get to the gym.
All it takes is one hour a day, there are 168 hours in a week, "I don't have time" is a pretty hard argument when you think about it that way. If that doesn't help, 4 hours is .02% of your entire week, .02% to live a longer life, and do the things you love to do.
Respect the process, enjoy the journey, stay healthy and live a long life.
Simple, not easy.