To say our lives are busy would definitely be an understatement. My philosophy on exercise and general health is pretty simple. Find something you like to do. In my case, I am very competitive and CrossFit fulfills that desire for me.
If you find workouts you truly enjoy doing, you will be much more consistent. Once you find a type of exercise you like, you then have to find a way to be consistent with those workouts. Whatever your health and fitness goals, you need to make your workouts a priority in order to be successful. The second thing, along with enjoying what you're doing — that makes consistency easier — is having a great group of people to workout with. Those folks can make the workouts more fun and help hold you accountable if you miss a workout or two.
The reason I have been doing CrossFit for almost six years, and will continue to do it, is because it makes fitness fun and creates an atmosphere I look forward to each day instead of dread having to do. I have created friendships that will last for a lifetime and continue to meet new people through something I enjoy. If you can find something you look forward to doing, with great people you enjoy doing it with, and find consistency, you can achieve any health or fitness goals you set.
For me, I have found CrossFit, and have a passion for coaching and participating each and every day. Here are few things about CrossFit if you aren't familiar with exactly what it is. With constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit is a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in a hardcore yet accepting and encouraging environment. CrossFit contends that a person is as fit as they are proficient in each of 10 general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.
CrossFit is a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts. Each day, the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that's capable of practically anything and everything.
CrossFit may not be your thing, but in order to truly achieve whatever your goals may be, you have to find something that suits you. Find something you enjoy and can stay consistent with, and you can't find that something if you don't start. Stop saying you'll start tomorrow, next week or next year, and just get out there and get moving!
Seth Wigle is a coach and workout instructor at CrossFit Unstoppable. He is also a Jefferson City police officer, currently working as the school resource officer at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. He is married to his wife Chelsea and has two children, 8-year-old Landon and 5-year-old Brooklyn.