Where there is awareness, there is opportunity.
Surely, if you’re reading this, you’ve spent some time in a gym. You’re likely a CrossFitter and, let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of things, CrossFitters are in a small minority of the most active movement practitioners around.
As a result, you may say to yourself, “I climb ropes, I’m doing dozens of thrusters in less than a minute, and I’m doing more pull-ups in a day than most will do in their lifetime.” While all might be true, there is an important perspective to take when evaluating one’s own lifestyle of activity (or lack thereof).
If you looked at your week as a graph, with time marching across the bottom (x-axis), as you become more active, this graph jumps up alongside the y-axis almost like a heart-rate monitor. Many of us CrossFitters, even those training five and six days per week, would almost unanimously claim a most active lifestyle. What we tend to forget is that while our brief workouts are quite intense and the graph spikes quite high, much of our life outside the gym is stereotypically quite sedentary.
If you work in an office, for example, and you’re an avid CrossFitter, your activity graph would mostly march across the bottom of the x-axis almost indistinguishable from the zero line itself with intermittent spikes, like needles, jumping up a handful of times across the week.
From an outside perspective, we could say this subject is generally not active, despite the thrusters and pull-ups. With this information, we can do two things for the better. First, we can generally raise the activity level of the time between the spikes for a truly more active lifestyle. Or second, we can identify more accurately with our true nature.
With such information, we may enter these spikes of activity with newfound respect for the truth of our sedentary habits. “I’m not as active as I once thought,” we may say to ourselves. “I ought to warm up remarkably well to bridge the gap from my desk and car ride into this spike in intensity. Mobility and recovery are my best friends.”
Regardless of how your graph looks, this mental exercise can be illuminating. Use the information it’s given you. After all, isn’t the goal simply to be better than yesterday?