Stress, Diet, Sleep…Optimize these and say goodbye to pain
We all started our fitness journey for very similar reasons. We all work our asses off daily to try and reach our goals but for whatever reason some of us fall short no matter how are we try. Well the answer could be the lowest hanging fruit possible. This pyramid is something all CrossFitters should know, memorize, and live by. If you do not have the foundation of the pyramid then the top parts mean nothing! It’s a popular saying that you can’t out train a bad diet and that is 110% accurate. You also can’t recover properly.
Now I am not going to go into the Diet aspect of this because we have a world class nutritionist on staff who will discuss this further in other blog posts (Shout out to Chloe). I will however talk about Stress and Sleep.
I know we all live very busy lives and some of you have kids so getting a full 8 hours of sleep is nearly impossible. If you honestly look at your schedule and life, is there an opportunity to get more sleep? I am going to go ahead and say yes. Start a schedule. Stick to the schedule. Do not stay up late binge watching Game of Thrones or Orange Is The New Black. Why? Because you busted your ass in the gym today and your muscles need time to recover. That happens when you are sleeping! Get on a schedule and make it a priority to stick with it. Fall off a day or 2? That’s ok. Get right back on it.
Now the stress part is a little more challenging. Hell I have the least stressful job in the world and I still get stressed. It happens. Knowing when you are stressed if more important than eliminating stress all together. When you are stressed your performance will decline. Regular things will be more difficult and you might have some pain in different places and guess what that is ok!! On those days don’t skip the gym but don’t go a thousand miles per hour with your hair on fire. Take a step back. Work lighter weights. Work on pacing. Work on just moving and breathing and feeling better!! This will provide you with longevity and relieve your stress for the best hour of the day!
We as athletes spend a lot of time training and trying to be the best possible human being. We also spend a lot of time sore and in a state of recovery. Optimizing your stress, Diet, and Sleep is the key to staying healthy, recovering, being pain free, and progressing!!
Thank you to our friends over at Active Life RX for inspiring this blog post. Give them a follow on Instagram @ActivelifeRX