If you joined CrossFit as an adult with full blown adult responsibilities, you most likely didn’t do it because you were bored and had nothing to do with your time. The likely scenario is that at that point in your life you realized you needed to engage with fitness and health in a new way. Some of you were entirely new to working out and a healthy lifestyle, and some of you just needed a change. Regardless of what brought you to Soul, many of you have found that with this decision, you made a commitment to health, happiness, balance, and in turn, your family and friends. At the beginning, it was easy to show up because every day was a new challenge, and you found yourself amazed at the things your body could do that you never thought imaginable. The first couple of years truly are the best, but they’re also a whirlwind. You likely changed your diet, consistently PR’ed, ran your first mile since 6th grade PE, fit into those jeans and chased that endorphin high at the end of each workout. Despite working a full-time job, raising a family, taking care of pets, maintaining a household, paying your bills on time-ish and the multitude of other things that come with being a decent, functioning adult, you walked into the gym EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. With your eyes burning from how tired you were and your body sore from all the things it was discovering it could do, you opened the door and stuck to your commitment, god damn it! Because of that, your body composition changed, your skin and hair started looking better, and you were taking TWO dumps a day! Life was good, and fitness was life.
Until…the years passed, you had another kid, you changed jobs, your relationship ended, you started a new one, the mortgage went up, you moved houses, the dog died, you got sick, you started therapy and life and all its ups, downs and unexpected twists and turns felt like a challenge to your commitment to health and fitness. You’re still here, but it’s not always easy. You’re not a competitive athlete, unless you count competing with the whiteboard some days after class, and fitness wear companies aren’t sliding into your DMs asking you to rep their line. You’re discovering for the first time since that initial rush of the first couple of years that fitness is NOT life. It’s a part of it, and WE GET IT. We’ve actually been waiting for this moment because this is when shit gets real. Today, we’re talking to anyone caught in the struggle of keeping their commitment to leading healthy lives as the initial stoke of CrossFit wears off, and the puzzle they thought they already completed seemingly breaks apart, leaving them to wonder how to put all the pieces back together.
First, you don’t need a new puzzle. You just have to approach putting it together from a different angle, but it will always be YOUR puzzle and you are in control (of most things). What keeps people in “the game”, which in your case might be working out for an hour and heading out to slay the rest of your day, is knowing what some dead white guy once said: “Perspective is everything”. This is not the end of your journey. It’s actually the beginning, dummy. Rather than wax philosophically, however, we’re going to break things down as easily and practically as possible. Below, we’ve come up with some “TIPS AND TRICKS! YAY!” to help you see things differently and keep your health and fitness journey going when the fire that once lit the way starts to burn out.