I’ve been weaning myself off of empty calorie foods since December 2012 so my body easily rejects what it can’t use. I’m too busy to bake so raw food has a time saving aspect to it that appeals to me.
The air capacity in my lungs HAS to be increasing because I don’t EVER breathe this deeply unless I’m at CrossFit.
The thoughts that went through my head while going through this 20 min. WOD are worth remembering. As it says here in the graphic, a VOICE starts to increase in volume. It’s always there but I think our lifestyle and the noise of the world muffles it. Only when you go looking for it does it shout out loud and clear . . I actually finished this WOD! My burpees need practice, granted, but I’m up to a 20 pound kettle bell now, only in 6 weeks. I’m no Olympian. Anyone can do this if they want to. I find that I am standing and sitting taller these days. And when I’m not, I self correct as much as I can. I find myself paying more attention to managing the “core”, butt tucked in, keeping abdominals tucked in as well, shoulders back and head up. My body is becoming my good friend again.
I was pretty much riveted to my laptop screen from 9 to 4 as the keys to alleviating the pain, stiffness, and poor balance in my body were virtually handed to me and everybody else watching the presentation.
As tempted as I am during moments of weakness, I’m learning to veer away from all self sabotaging thoughts of the strength and flexibility training I still need to do to achieve my desired level of fitness. Instead, I choose to enjoy the steady progress of my body’s functionality and take each WOD (Work Out Daily) as it comes. Lately, I’m feeling more flexibility in those challenging squats and more strength in my forearms when doing ring pulls. I think I’m even standing taller!
I took a long and hard look at myself in the mirror and saw that all the work I had done so diligently in the 80s in building a strong core has disappeared. In my mind’s eye I thought I still had some remnants left in the deep muscle tissue but hey, who am I kidding. And something started happening to me in my late 50s.
A growing number of baby boomers and seniors are working proactively to stay strong and flexible. As our bodies age we lose the strength and mobility to enjoy the activities we enjoy doing. It doesn’t have to be like this. Longevity can be a part of your life when you engage in physical activities that will keep you fit well into your golden years.
Recently I attended a Christmas party hosted by Sarah and Joel, the couple who started Chilliwack CrossFit. At first I didn’t recognize any of the CrossFit members. Their work-out garb had been replaced by regular clothes. The guys dressed casually smart while the girls were dolled up. Dressed up or down dressed, their clothes hung fashionably down from their sculpted bodies.
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