Feb 22, 2011

What if I don't want to be an athlete; I just want to be healthy?


 An athlete is defined, according to the Collegiate Dictionary, as:  "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring strength, agility, or stamina."

According to the Web dictionary, being "healthy" is defined as, "the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease".

Crossfit defines an athlete as:  "a person who is trained or skilled in strength, power, balance and agility, flexibility, and endurance." 

Crossfit defines being "healthy" as:  "a person who is trained or skilled in strength, power, balance and agility, flexibility, and endurance." 

According to the crossfit philosophy, "fitness", "health", and "athleticism" are overlapping and seen as equal.

Our health is measured by our fitness, wellness and pathology (sickness).  We know that when we go to the doctor or head to the gym . . . that, these are all ways to measure and improve our health.  There are a few ways to measure our health - blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat, muscle mass, flexibility, and strength.  When you think blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate, you probably think HEALTH;  when you think body fat, muscle mass, flexibility, and strength you probably think ATHLETE!  Well, Crossfit doesn't separate the two . . . if you want to be healthy, the side effects are lower body fat, increased muscle mass, improved flexibility, increased strength; if your desired goal is to be an athlete, well . . . the side effects are decreased blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower heart rate.  It's one in the same . . .

So . . . go out there and be an ATHLETE!!!!