At CrossFit Banshee we continually re-visit the CrossFit tenet of mechanics, consistency, and intensity when we are helping our members decide where and how to progress in their goals.
It is very tempting to make something over-complicated, especially in complicated times. We are in no doubt uncharted territory, not only in regards to navigating a pandemic but also in the smaller details of our daily lives. Work from home, school from home, entertainment from home, workout at home, socialize at home.
As each week progresses and we are steeped in this situation we are witnessing the anxiety ratchet up and routines fall apart.
When presented with the unknown we return to basic mechanics. Here are the mechanics needed for maintaining a solid foundation.
Ground Your Awareness
Stop and focus on a body part; your hands or your feet, your breathing, your heartbeat. Take at least 30 seconds to do this. Pull yourself out of your head and into now. Do this several times a day or any time your notice yourself reaching for that comfort food or remote control or social media app that you generally wouldn’t do otherwise.
Move Your Body
Have you ever had a workout that if you know you sit down for too long, getting back up is going to hurt, a lot? Now imagine that soreness as a physical manifestation of the negative emotions we are harboring from the weariness from lockdowns and grief we are
Our bodies hold those emotions and just like getting up and going for a walk, run, bike, hike, row, or otherwise release soreness, so does it those troubling emotions.
Our emotions are on a Rona-coaster. Let’s not send our bodies on one. Let’s talk about sugar crashes. Processed foods; sugary, salty, fatty or all of
the above floods your system with sugar giving you a spike and a drop. All this leaves you hungry and for more. If you are needing to snack (out of boredom or hunger) aim for a whole food source.
Eating whole foods does not have to be complicated or expensive. A hardboiled egg, some baby carrots, an apple, and nuts. This simplicity can leave you feeling uplifted and energized instead of shaky and strung out.
This one is hard… it feels pointless to keep to any regular schedule especially going to bed early to wake up early for what? No longer to join the masses in getting to work on time and presentable.
Sleep is the piece that holds the rest together. Good sleep makes the rest a little more doable. Without quality sleep and in decent quantities we put ourselves a step or two back in the realm of sugar cravings, negative thinking, and energy to move.
These Four things are the mechanics of life. Master these on a consistent basis and they will carry you through this crisis and others, perhaps not unscathed but without adding insult to injury.
The cool thing about this is once you have the consistent mechanics down, you can turn up the intensity. What does that look like for you?
Need help with any of these? We got your back! We help you come up with a plan that fits you and your world. Book a call and a coach can get you started building a strong foundation.