When you hear “CrossFit” you might conjure images of washboard abs, sculpted muscles and booty shorts. Sure, those athletes are out there, but to see what CrossFit really looks like all you really have to do is look at the person next to you in the school drop-off line. It might surprise you to learn that one of the biggest motivating factors for many men and women between the ages of 30-45 to start doing CrossFit is simply so they can keep up with their kids! Whether toddlers or teenagers, being a parent comes with a long lists of demands plus a fare share of stressors and CrossFit by its very nature helps parents cope with both.
If you’re wondering how CrossFit can help you as a parent, let’s look at a few of the top benefits of CrossFit and how they relate to parents.
- Stress relief: When part of your daily routine involves caring for and raising another human, stress is a given! Exercise in general is great for stress relief and CrossFit takes it a few steps further by offering greater intensity, focus, motivation, support and fun!
- “Me Time”: Let’s face it, once you have kids your time really isn’t yours anymore. Whether it’s nighttime feedings or schlepping to schools and sporting events, mom and dad’s needs tend to take a back seat. A CrossFit class offers at least one hour a day where it’s all about you… no kids! Time to get fit, time to shut out the world, time to see your gym friends and most importantly, time to prioritize your health and wellbeing so you show up as the best parent you can be.
- Strength & Endurance: Tiny kids need to be picked up. Not so tiny kids still want to be picked up… sometimes well past the time they should be! Once they no longer want to be picked up, it’s time to chase after them, endlessly! Are you seeing a theme here? The number one desire I hear from parents is that they just want to be able to keep up with their kids. CrossFit to the rescue! Do it long enough and your kids will be fighting to keep up with you! Not to mention the incredible example you’ll be setting for them.
- Confidence: When you read this you might think I mean looking and feeling good in your jeans (which is obviously important). But what I’m really referring to that feeling you get when you accomplish something you never thought possible. 15′ rope climb? Running a mile in record time? That kind of confidence is something your kids (and everyone else around you) will definitely notice.
- Improved sleep: I don’t know one parent who feels like they get enough rest, no matter how old their kids are. CrossFit can’t add more hours to your day, but an intense workout can (and will) ensure your body will be better rested in the time you do have.
Last but definitely not least… CrossFit promotes camaraderie and community. When you join a CrossFit gym, you gain a support system you can depend on. As parents, there is nothing better than a supportive community you can count on to be there for you and your kiddos.
If you have a friend you think could benefit from the above (or if you can), grab that friend and come in for a workout this week!