One of CrossFit's fitness models is called the "Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum." The basic philosophy according to the journal article "What is Fitness" is "nearly every measurable value of health can be placed on a continuum that ranges from sickness to wellness to fitness." So, a measure of sickness can be seen in high blood pressure, high body fat, high cholesterol or a high A1C. And the better those numbers are they healthier you are and the healthier you are the more fit you are going to be.
Currently, I am sick. I have Type II diabetes, my HDL levels are too low and I am over weight. So, health-wise, some of my goals are:
- to get my A1C under 5.7 without being on medication.
- to get my HDL over 40 without medication
- to get my body fat under 20%
- to lose at least 45 pounds
After getting "well" my next overall goal is to get "fit." It has been by getting more fit, that I have become healthier after all. As my health markers have gotten better my ability in the gym has also gotten better. My run times have gotten faster. My lifts have gotten heavier. I am able to do more burpees. I feel better at the end of workouts. So, just as I have health goals, I have fitness goals. And just like my health goals, they are lofty, but broken down into more attainable goals.
- Twenty-unbroken pull-ups, but first, get A pull up
- Twenty-Unbroken double-unders, but first, get A double under
- Participate in a competition--but first, feel comfortable participating in The Open in February