3 Reasons Your Kids Should Try CrossFit
1) You have kids!
They are your greatest asset and you want them to get out there and experience life!
2) You love exercise!
And you want to give them something fun to do. (And it’s not just running around like a headless chicken!)
3) Crossfit is good for your health.
There is no better way than doing lots of high intensity activity with other people that share similar interests.
The first reason is obvious, but I think the second one deserves some explanation. My wife and I have been married for 10 years now and she has always been very active.
She loves going to the gym, playing sports, hiking etc. However she doesn’t really do much physical activity outside of those activities. When we started dating, I told her that if she wanted to go out and run around the neighborhood or play basketball with friends, then that was fine. But I didn’t want her to spend all day at the gym either. So I made sure that she had time for other things too.
We’ve always been pretty strict when it comes to our family rules and expectations, so I wasn’t surprised when my wife said “I don’t feel like exercising anymore.” This was coming from someone who had just spent the past few years trying to get in shape.
I’m not really sure what exactly changed but for some reason, she didn’t feel like doing it anymore. At first I was a little concerned because it seemed as if she stopped caring about her physical activity altogether. It took me a while to realize that she was just channeling all that energy into something else. In this case, it was taking care of the kids. I started to see her with them a lot more and noticed that she was playing with them a lot more.
As a result of this change, she went from not wanting to go for walks around the neighborhood to taking our daughter on daily walks around the block! Our son on the other hand started running around like a headless chicken as soon as he got up in the morning.
I used to have to chase after him all the time, but now he runs around the house by himself. They still watch movies and play on their games, but they are also engaging in physical activity.
Our son played soccer for a little while but quickly lost interest. I recently asked him if he wanted to go out for the basketball team this year and he said that he would rather not.
My wife and I were surprised when he decided to join a gymnastics class instead! I didn’t think he would like it, but now I can’t get him to stop talking about it. He’s only been doing it for a few months and he is already trying so many new things!
I’m not saying that crossfit is the only reason why our kids are more active, but it has certainly made a difference. While some parents send their kids to expensive piano or dance lessons, we decided to try out crossfit.
I can honestly say it has been a worthwhile experience. My kids are happier and healthier and that’s all the payment I need.
So is crossfit the key to getting your kids more active?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is crossfit works for my family and may work for yours, but maybe not for the reasons you think it does. I’m sure some of you who have children saw that they became more active because of crossfit.
Others of you saw that they became more active period (regardless of the activity).
If you want your kid to be more active, then you should find something that they like. There are so many options out there that it’s almost guaranteed that they will find something.
It might not be crossfit and it might not even be sports related, but if they are active and having a good time then that’s all that matters.
I’ve met so many people who say they want their kids to be healthy, but then don’t do anything to make that happen. They will buy them junk food, allow them to play video games all day or even let them sit in the car and not move around at all.
So when someone tells me they are encouraging their kids to be more active I always take notice. Because it’s so easy for most of us to fall into the trap of convenience and laziness.
I can’t say that crossfit is the best way to get your kids moving or even the only way to do it. I can say if you are struggling to find a way or just need a little motivation then look no further.
Your search is over. Just do it.
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