Wednesday, December 6

"That's just the way I am." This is a convenient excuse for most of us to not change our behavior even when we know it may be detrimental to our health or social circumstances.

But is it true? Are we born with all of our traits with no ability to change? 

It looks like the answer is no. We DO have the power to change. We can get smarter, happier, or whatever we want by modifying our behavior and surroundings.

Yes, we are born with a particular set of DNA, but our behavior - nutrition and exercise for example - can determine which genes are expressed. We have the power to turn bad genes off and turn good genes on.

"Some traits, such as those for eye color, are entirely determined by the genes inherited from your parents. However, the expression of most genes, such as those associated with chronic diseases, including diabetes and cancer, is much more complicated."

The quote above is from a CrossFit Journal article called Epigenetics: How to Turn off Bad Genes and Stay Healthy. And while the science of Epigenetics is young, we know we have some power over our genes.

Even just changing our mindset can help us approach life differently and not accept our lot in life as final. Having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset means you know who and where you are and you realize you're just at one point in your journey towards your goals, not stuck there forever.

I challenge you to take control of your life and not accept the things you're unhappy with. Change your mindset and look at the bad things as challenges that make you stronger. Eat the right foods and exercise to keep the good genes on. With this attitude, we should all be happier, healthier people for a very long time.

Workout for Wednesday, January 6
6 HSPU + 6 Deadlifts (225/155)

5 Rounds for Time:
9 Thrusters (105/75)
9 C2B Pull Ups

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