By: Mario Díaz
CrossFit gives us a simple and elegant solution to health and the world’s most complex problem, diseases like Covid19 and “Degenerative Chronics”.
The CrossFit methodology defines Fitness in four models, one of them (the fourth) speaks of the continuum starting with illness, passing through well-being until reaching fitness.
The fourth model, which is called “The continuum of illness, well-being and fitness” and explains how with physical activity and a diet low in sugar (glucose), creates a barrier against all these chronic diseases, in favor of health.
We have observed that almost all measurable values of health can be placed on a continuum from illness to well-being to fitness. Although it is more difficult to determine, we could also include mental health in this observation. Depression is clearly reduced with exercise and a proper diet. For example, a blood pressure of 160/95 is pathological, 120/70 is normal or healthy, and 105/55 is consistent with an athlete’s blood pressure; A body fat level of 40 percent is pathological, 20 percent is normal or healthy, and 10 percent is athletic. We noticed a similar order for bone density, triglycerides, muscle mass, flexibility, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol,” resting heart rate, and dozens of other common health indicators. Many authorities (e.g. Mel Siff, the NSCA) make a sharp distinction between health and fitness. They frequently cite studies that suggest that the health of athletic people is not foolproof. A closer look at the evidence in favor inevitably reveals that the analysis group consists of endurance athletes and, we assume, endurance athletes on dangerous fad diets (high carb, low fat, low protein).
If done correctly, fitness provides a good margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease. If you find something different, analyze the fitness protocol, especially the diet. Fitness consists and should consist of a state of “super well-being”. The example that demonstrates this is the following: If you have a fat percentage of 12%, one day you could have a percentage of 40%, but to get to that point we will first have to go through 20, 30, and 35%, only then will we arrive. to 40%, that is, the fact of being in good shape gives us an advantage against the disease. Illness, wellness, and fitness are measures of the same entity. A fitness regimen that does not promote health is not CrossFit.
CROSSFIT AGAINST DISEASES
“Doctors are lifesavers and CrossFit coaches are swimming teachers”
If we divided the diseases into five buckets they would be distributed by; chronic degenerative diseases, kinetic diseases, microbial diseases, genetic diseases and toxic diseases.
The chronic disease group includes conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and kidney disease. Microbial deaths are caused by things like Ebola, malaria, and SARS-COV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. The genetic bucket includes conditions such as Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis, kinetic examples include car accidents and falls, and the toxic bucket includes deaths caused by nerve agents, snake bites, and botulism, for example.
There are two causes for Chronic Degenerative Diseases; sedentary lifestyle and excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates.
Regarding chronic diseases, Glassman says, “This is about 86% of our medical spending. It is 86% of the spending, 80% of the deaths.” The other four categories receive 14% of the spending and represent 20% of the deaths (US statistics).” The important thing here for us as CrossFitters is that we have a solution for this,” Glassman says, again pointing to chronic illnesses. “And what is the solution? Get off the couch, cut out the carbs”
Sedentary lifestyle and excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates are not related to lifestyle. Instead, they are “two pathological behaviors, two harmful and extremely harmful behaviors that were choices.” Turning attention to the COVID-19 crisis, Glassman explains: “What happened is that the SARS-COVID-2 virus, which is the agent, the virus responsible for COVID-19, the disease, escaped from the microbial bucket and landed in the bucket of chronic diseases and has essentially started a dumpster fire with a rush of death, metaphorically.” Glassman attributes the potency of the disease to comorbidities, the simultaneous presence of one or more chronic diseases in affected patients. “I see this as deaths from chronic diseases. CrossFit solves this, medicine tries to mitigate it.”
This would be the most notable information to take into account to stop the current situation. He remembers that a healthy diet, physical exercise and a positive way of thinking is the greatest medicine there is.
WHAT IS THE ELEGANT AND SIMPLE SOLUTION THAT CROSSFIT PROVIDES?
Do functional, constantly varied movements worked at a high intensity. Combine this with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, such as starch and ZERO sugar, to create a barrier against the two main causes (a sedentary lifestyle and excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates) of chronic degenerative diseases.
- Four fitness models – Article – CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness
- Chronic Disease: Key to COVID-19 Deaths
- CrossFit Solution – Fitness, Luck and Health by CrossFit Inc., Adapted From Lectures by Greg Glassman
- The world’s most complex problem – Greg Glassman: The world’s most complex problem