There are some who hold the view that at birth, each of us is allotted a finite supply of energy which exercise depletes, thus hastening our demise. An intense regimen like CrossFit, in this paradigm, would hasten a person’s demise.
That’s wrong, of course. Those who remain sedentary their entire lives often have short, miserable ones, while regular exercisers enjoy better health throughout their time on earth. Exercise has real potential to prolong life and compress morbidity. But it is a major stressor that, if applied incorrectly or excessively, can reduce health and overall wellness.
Here’s the good news for CrossFitters and anyone else engaged in similar combinations of aerobic, strength, and anaerobic training:
Strength training promotes healthy longevity, even in people with hip fractures .
The stronger your grip, the longer you live ( even if you’re overweight ).
The more lean mass you carry , the better you’ll survive injuries and disease.
The more briskly you walk , the lower your mortality risk.
The more functionally capable you are , the longer you’ll stick around on this rock.
In heart failure patients, a combo of endurance and resistance training is better for long term outlook than just endurance training.
Sound familiar? Between all the deadlifts, the squats, the box jumps, the multi-modal development of fitness across multiple energy pathways, the muscle endurance, and the strength, CrossFit appears to support all the pro-longevity factors listed above.
But there are some things to watch out for that could derail your health and longevity—and going Primal can help.
Injuries are a fact of life. Anyone who pushes their body to the limits will eventually overstep them. That’s okay, but you can increase your body’s resistance to injury with a few Primal interventions. Namely:
- The increase in collagen intake , which supports connective tissue health.
- The regular consumption of omega-3-rich seafood and reduction in omega-6-rich seed oil consumption, which improves inflammatory status.
- The elimination of gut irritating-foods like gluten grains, which reduces gut inflammation and prevents excessive intestinal permeability.
- The consumption of full-fat dairy, which provides vital calcium and anti-inflammatory fatty acids.
- The promotion of barefoot living, which, provided you go slowly and gradually, increases foot strength, ankle stability, and proprioception.
- The forays into ketosis , which increase anti-inflammatory ketone bodies.
- Add these uniquely-Primal interventions to a CrossFitter’s rock-solid technique, ample mobility training, good sleep, and mind-body intuition and you’ll have a better shot at staying injury-free.
Any CrossFit athlete interested in living a long, healthy life should devote at least three or four weeks to getting fat-adapted. Going full-on ketogenic is the quickest way to do it, and easier and more congruent with your training schedule than you might think, but you can go basic low-carb, too. And you don’t have to stay there.
Hit the point where the low-carb/keto flu stops. Where you start feeling good (consistent energy throughout the day, no more headaches or irritability, no more carb cravings, steady appetite, lucid thoughts). That’s the signal that fat-burning mitochondria are ramping up.
Stay there for 2-3 more weeks. Really get settled, get those fat-burning systems established.
Then, try the cyclical low-carb approach I described in a previous post . High-carb on training days, lower-carb on rest days. That should be enough
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