In 2002, Greg Glassman published his eloquent summary of what it takes to develop a high level of overall fitness and health. He summed it up in 100 words. I thought it would be fun to take these components and flesh them out a bit…
In Part One I gave some food for thought about nutrition.
In Part Two we took a look at the movements and structure of the fitness prescription.
In this final segment, we’ll look at the most neglected part of the entire recommendation. Those final 6 words:
Regularly learn and play new sports.
But with all the variety of CrossFit, why would we need to do any more?
Turns out, even with all that CrossFit encompasses, there’s still a lot to be gained by thinking outside the box…even the CrossFit Box.
Two words in this sentence really jump out at me; “Learn New”. I think there is a tendency to forget that training your brain is a critical part of your overall health. Learning new: brain training, agility, balance, coordination…
When you take a look at the benefits of learning new skills, it becomes obvious that these are critical components to overall health and longevity.
Driving your progress.
Sport and competition is a great way to put your fitness to the test. Of course, we frequently assess your progress in the gym whenever we’re tracking weights, times, and distances. But there’s a push to test the limits when you introduce competition. This can be the proving ground to show you where your fitness really stands.
It’s a tough call… do we stop playing because we get too old? Or do we get old because we stop playing?
Telling you how impactful play can be is like trying to describe a symphony. You just have to experience it to know. It’s astonishing when we pause to consider our routines. Schedules, responsibilities, work, budgeting, family, friends, training and rest… but when is the last time you played? How long has it been since you were on a swing? When’s the last time you caught a frisbee?
I take to heart the first four words of this prescription; Regularly learn and play.
If you’re feeling stuck; in your fitness, in your career, in your life… instead of working harder, you might consider the component that’s often forgotten:
The camaraderie of sport can accelerate the bonds of friendship. Shared struggles toward a common goal provide an immediate connection. And connection is a critical component of your health. The single greatest correlation between all centenarians is strong social bonding. It would seem the most critical component of longevity and health is not the distance you can run or the weight you can lift, but the people in your life.
Obviously playing sports is not the only way to find these connections. We experience them frequently right here in the gym. But with all the other benefits we’ve looked at above, you can see how powerful this 6-word prescription can be. If it’s one you’ve overlooked, now is a great time to integrate learning and playing new sports.
Here are a couple of upcoming opportunities to learn new sports and fitness skills, click on each image to learn more: