We want you to live until you’re 100 years old, and we really mean that. As corny as it sounds, we want you to be able to live and be independent for as long as you can.

This starts with surrounding yourself with the right people. Our community leads our members to improve all areas of their lives, including better choices with nutrition, tobacco, and alcohol. These outside lifestyle choices are part of what will allow us to thrive as we age. The best way to get healthier is to do constantly varied functional movements under high intensity (I can say it until my face turns blue!) What I mean is that doing CrossFit, following a healthy diet, and making good lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. This includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and the list goes on! 

In order to fight chronic conditions in our older age, we need to attack them as early as possible by fighting off a condition known as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome encompasses a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and abnormal cholesterol. These commonly found conditions are signs that we are moving towards sickness, and we need to make adjustments accordingly. One way to make those adjustments is by improving your physical fitness. This includes your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and stamina. The best way to do that is through CrossFit. The high-intensity nature of the workouts we do has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, lowering the risk of heart disease. 

The path towards your 100th birthday is a long one, yes, but that journey starts today. Learning how to move well and being able to do athletic things at any age is important. Yes, we may scale back the difficulty for our older clientele and ramp it up for the young guns, but that’s a reflection of the stimulus their bodies call for. The needs of athletes differ by degree, not by kind. This means that 95 lbs is going to feel similar in stimulus in the hands of a 21-year-old to a PVC pipe in the hands of a 71-year-old. But they are still both doing thrusters! This mindset is what drives us to become as fit as we can be, not for looks or ego, but for survival. A hedge against all the illnesses, falls, and accidents thrown at us as we age.

While there are no guarantees in life, working hard in CrossFit, doing your best to stick to a healthy diet, and limiting outside influences are all great steps towards your 100th birthday.