Many people start CrossFit to achieve specific fitness and performance goals and, over time, begin to notice physical changes in the mirror. And that’s awesome! But that’s not all that CrossFit has to offer.
Here are five benefits of CrossFit that you won’t see in the mirror:
1. Creates a physical outlet for stress.
Unfortunately, a workout can’t make all of your worries and sources of stress disappear. But what it can do is create a healthy outlet for stress. Regular physical activity is an effective way that you can manage your body’s response to stress.
2. Introduces you to a fun group of people.
From the moment you walk into a CrossFit gym, you’ll notice something about the community. This fun group of people quickly becomes a supportive and encouraging source of motivation and accountability.
3. Allows you to gauge progress and measure results.
As we said before, CrossFit is about so much more than physical appearance. The programming is designed to get you results. Rather than working out without really knowing if your fitness is improving, you’ll discover tangible ways to gauge your progress and measure results.
4. Eliminates workout boredom.
Let’s face it, figuring out what to do when you show up at the gym to work out is not always easy. Many people end up doing the same workouts over and over again. Boredom tends to lead to a lack of motivation, progress, and consistency. But the variety you’ll find in your CrossFit workouts helps you maintain momentum and promotes consistency.
5. Develops self-discipline.
Self-discipline is a skill that you can develop – just like double unders or muscle-ups. And building a fitness habit is a great way to work on developing this skill. Setting personal goals and committing to the work needed to see results leads to an increase in discipline. You can then use this valuable skill in other areas of your life.