I went to do a workout at 4:30 pm this week. Not late, right?
Well, for my body, it’s late.
I’m used to working out early in the morning. When I vary my routine, my whole body is thrown into a tizzy. I usually don’t feel good afterwards.
Why Routines are Important
Your body is conditioned for habit. In fact, you function better when you’re on a schedule. Every time you have to make a decision, you are adding stress to your life. The more daily decisions you have to make, the more out of control you’ll feel according to psychologists.
When you program routine into your life, you:
Make better big decisions
Have more time for family
Have more time for hobbies
When you switch things up, be prepared for a major protest.
When it Takes Everything You Have to Get through a CrossFit WOD
This week, it took everything I had to get through it. There was a run programmed. I think what I did could be classified as a run, but a 5k race pace it was definitely not.
It was hard. My body protested every movement.
Lessons from Varying CrossFit Workout Routines:
Listen to your body. Scale when you need to scale. Half-ass when you need to.
Try to get extra rest the night ahead of time. This will help get you through the day and prepare your body for the variance.
Plan your meals accordingly. You’ll most likely have to switch up your eating times when you switch your workout routine.
Maximize recovery drinks and food afterwards. Drink extra water because your body will need it.
I love going to CrossFit classes with my community, so I will continue to strive to make it to classes even when my body protests.
The number one factor in how your body looks is the food you eat. Period.
From my own struggles with food, I’ve learned this is the truth.
Exercise is key as well, but it’s not as important as food.
If you’re not eating healthy, you’re negating all the exercise work you do. You can run, bike, swim, lift all you want and you’ll never have the look you desire if you eat fast food every other day and have ice cream and chocolate for dessert every meal.
This has to do with the hormones and insulin your body secretes in response to the types of food you ingest. You are either triggering fat-storage mode, sustaining mode, or losing weight mode.
THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO WEIGHT LOSS:
Adjust your diet FIRST. Nail it down. Research. Find the “diet” (really nutrition plan) that works for you and your lifestyle and put all your focus on implementing it.
THEN add in exercise and come up with a sustainable exercise program that works for you and your lifestyle, interests, and hobbies. “Going to the gym” is not the only form of exercise. Find your passion: climbing, biking, swimming, running, kayaking, hiking, walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, skiing, boating, etc. If it’s a passion, you’ll stay with it.
Finally, COMMIT. You have to commit to both for the short-term and for the long-term. Hopefully, we all lead long lives. We need to be healthy for all of it, not just for a month or two every few years. Commit to diet. Commit to exercise.
Nail it. Combine the two (nutrition for life and life-long exercise) and you’ll be happier, have more energy, and lead the best possible life you can. Commit to you. By committing to you, you commit to your family, your job, your community, society, etc. But it has to start with you!