I have read a ton of research and data on COVID-19. My usual nightly reading switched from stock research to COVID-19 research. As I gained more and more insight and more data came in, the information became apparent. The more “Fitness” you have attained, the more protected you are.
What came to mind is the very thing that sealed the deal for me to make CrossFit a significant part of my life. The sickness-wellness-fitness continuum. I thought about where I was currently on the continuum. I thought about my parents. I thought about my friends.
I have spent large amounts of time researching motivation and change behaviors to increase the efficacy of our gym. Without real purpose and real effectiveness, the gym would be false and unworthy of my time.
The most effective way to get change in a person is to help them pinpoint their real priorities in their lives. Many people never sit down and think about this.
Many people will immediately note that their family is the most important thing in their lives, yet fail to draw a line to how their health impacts their ability to care for and, in rare cases, protect their families.
The other way many people finally make a change is some major life event happens. A heart attack, a diabetes diagnosis, a stroke, an excellent doctor looking them in the eyes and telling them they have to lose weight or are not going to be around in 10 years.
None of us are immune to life’s events. But we can 100% hedge our bets and improve our chances of dealing with the things life throws at us, be that either illness or accidents.
The recent COVID-19 outbreak has been an eye-opener that we are not immune. Right now is a great time to evaluate where we are in our life journey, and health and fitness-wise.
Gyms are currently closed in Rochester, MN, but that does not mean we should not continue to make an effort to get in our daily movement. We are made to move, and doing so helps everything else in our lives.
Now is also a great time to refresh your mind. Reach out to old friends, take a walk, find beauty in the outside world and other humans. How long has it been since your family has played a board game together? Maybe it is time to start that up again, or perhaps for the first time.
Accountability is key to all lasting change. Very few people are capable of sustaining change without help. The number is minuscule. At Progression, our community is still active. Daily videos, apps, and Facebook help us stay in touch and keep each other involved, and hopefully physically move in some way.
The physical gym space is vital. For many of our members, it is their third place. Their home away from home. You are the people you hang out with the most. These are good people to choose to be around.
We will be back in the gyms soon.
If you are looking for a place to help you improve your position on the health continuum, I genuinely believe we have the best places in town. Reach out to us at [email protected]