Stand Up and Take Action

We received a great article from the New York Times Opinion section about the negative impact extended periods of sitting can have on the human body.  The first paragraph of the piece spells it out pretty clearly.IMG_0315_003.JPG

Your chair is your enemy.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

If you’re reading this there’s a pretty good chance you’re a CrossFitter.  Although you may be sitting down, it’s also likely you’re generally pretty active, both in the gym and out.  The above quote includes those who “exercise vigorously”, so what can you do?

  • Drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces, plus an extra 16 – 20 ounces for every hour of physical activity).  This will force you to get up and refill your water bottle, or at the very least make frequent bathroom trips.
  • Eat right (meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds).
  • Stretch at or around your desk, and move around.  You’ve probably worked out in the last couple of days, so a light stretch would do you some good, and we’re always telling you to be sure and move around following a workout.

You put in the time at the gym, so make the effort to take care of yourself.  Don’t just sit there, make a stand for your health.

122909-5485February 25th, 2010

Skill: Pistols

Strength: 5 rounds max dead hang pull-ups



Deadlift 70 kg/50 kg

Ring dips

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12 thoughts on “Stand Up and Take Action”

  1. I actually got that e-mail too, but didn’t read it, b/c I was too busy being active to sit at my computer 🙂 Oh snap!

    That rep scheme looks awfully familiar…looking forward to it tomorrow morning.

  2. Great workout today Eric and I learned two important lessons :
    1) Push yourself hard but respect your strength/limitations
    2) Respect the resistance band


    Pistols are pretty awesome . . . can’t wait to be able to knock out 10 each leg without pause. Looks like I have a few weeks of practice ahead of me. 🙂

  3. 6:11 (30kg, parallettes)

    I definitely should have upped the DL weight (even though it was a PR), but I suffered from “Ring Dip Intimidation” and got too nervous. It’s good to know I’m getting stronger though 🙂

    Getting better at pull-ups, which I’m also super stoked about.

    Can’t wait to see you all on Saturday!

  4. So eric….. i was thinking..lets make new crossfitfenway shirts that we can wear teh first day of sectionals! i want a tank top and u can get a tee…lets design them together>? good idea?

  5. 7:39!! 35kg deadlifts, next time i’ll def be pushing for more. Those ring dips are killer especially after maxing out the pullups! Your arms are shaking!!! Stacey, awesome job killing us.

  6. Shawn, you weren’t the only one to get bit by the band today.

    Erica, what if I want a tank top too?

    Nathan, they are most likely from the ring straps.

    Great job today everyone.

  7. I did my usual slow but heavy thing. 🙂

    12-something for deadlifts at 50kg, and ring dips, assisted with a purple band.

    I don’t have bruises on my triceps, but I do have them on my knees!

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