Cross fit to the test-- it crosses the finish line

| 5/1/13 9:50pm

There are a few things to touch up on this week! First off, can you believe this gorgeous and sunny weather! How amazing! Don’t forget sun protection! Secondly, I want to share some experience with a new trending workout, crossfit—it is also, amazing. And Lastly, I want to touch on another factor of balance we may forget to incorporate into our busy schedules. Read on!

Have you ever watched a YouTube video of a crossfit workout? Or seen someone who has done crossfit? Or even looked up what crossfit is? Well, let me tell you, it is insanely intense. The intention of the workout is to do short spurts, of very intense exercise. It doesn’t require machines; it pushes you to use your own body weight—to jump over boxes, to pull yourself up a rope, to push a big tire. You do these intense circuits in a tight time frame and get amazing results. I have been doing it at home because I am back at home and don’t always have time to drive to the gym. My dad has all sorts of these equipment pieces in our garage—an extra tire heavy boxes, etc. I don’t need machines to do push-ups or squats. I like it for a few reasons— one being that it is a very short time period— I can go for a long run or walk in the morning and end my day with a 20-minute session of crossfit. The exercises the system incorporates cardio and strength training—both so important to health. They also use several muscle groups in each exercise—optimal for burning the most calories. I also like it because they force you to do high-intensity workouts in a specific time frame—this allows you to set goals to beat your time each workout and it doesn’t become stagnant. I’m already feeling and seeing results from my first few sessions and I love it!

That ends the topic of working out for today. The next thing I want to talk with you guys about is volunteering. I think it is essential to finding balance in your life to give back to the community. By giving back to the community, with even your time, you are helping so many others who are less fortunate. Eventually, those people you helped will help others in their situation. Volunteering also gives you a broad perspective on a lot of important keys to being successful. For example, it really reinforces not to sweat the small things in life. Don’t get so frustrated when you can’t afford to go out to dinner three nights a week—some people eat only from food banks because their income goes strictly to gas and rent. It also gives you the ability to be patient with all sorts of people. This perspective and understanding of all people brings some indispensable skills to a workplace—diversity for one, and communication on different levels as well. Those skills are necessary in any degree or career.

_“You’re only given one little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams
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-L

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