We talked about the health benefits of CrossFit in a past blog and briefly touched on the other beneficial aspects it can bring, but today we’re here to dive deeper into how CrossFit training benefits more than just your body.
Continue reading to discover the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of CrossFit training.
Physical, Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Benefits
Your overall well-being can generally be attributed to wellness in four dimensions: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. While there are certainly other aspects that contribute to your personal well-being, when you are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually thriving, your well-being thrives too.
There are many reasons why people love CrossFit. Not only does CrossFit make you physically stronger, developing and strengthening your muscles, but it also provides you with mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
The physical benefits of CrossFit are often easier to see and track than other benefits. You can measure them, feel them, and quantify the physical benefits. You can feel the weight on your shoulders and the difference between plates, you can run farther and faster, and breathe deeper than you previously could.
But along with the endurance and strength you’ve built, you can push yourself harder, further, and faster. You are setting goals for yourself physically that are challenging you mentally.
With CrossFit training, you are engaging both your body and your mind. With intense workouts, you are forced to maintain intense clarity and focus.
Additionally, when you exercise, your brain releases stress-relieving and mood-stabilizing endorphins. Acting as a natural painkiller, endorphins create the same emotional effect as when you meditate or get a massage.
Another one of the benefits of CrossFit is its effect on your emotional well-being. You know that feeling after you’ve set a new PR? Maybe it’s the endorphins talking, but that feeling immediately uplifts your mood and fills you with positive emotions. You’re boosting your self-esteem and helping to self-regulate any stress you might have been accumulating throughout the day.
Spiritual & Social
The sense of community at a CrossFit box is one of the reasons people love it. You’re working with and competing against other people who are just as driven and motivated as you. Creating bonds that drive you forward and help you push yourself to be the best you can be. Heading into the box to tackle the WOD and taking it one task at a time until you’ve reached your goal can give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment that you might not be receiving in other parts of your life.