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Old 09-08-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
Greg Harrington
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Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

Tried searching this but no satisfactory answer.

So I watched Sears in the CF Journal. Awesome series. He stresses the problems with inflammation as related to diet. I fully agree with this. I have been pretty strict paleo since the beginning of the year and have never felt or looked better. But my question:

Are we doing excessive damage to our bodies via the inflammation caused by hard WODs with Crossfit? It obviously causes inflammation? I agree with exercise (and trust me I'm a CF addict and believer.) But aren't the messages of Sears and CF incongruous? Would lower intensity be better?

I can't say I would stop doing CF if the answer is yes, I won't, but wondering if there are others out there that have this question?
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

Take fish oil.

Work out hard.

Ice when needed.

Rest when needed.

Don't worry, it's all good.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:26 PM   #3
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

Greg, I think the difference is proper training (correct technique, adequate rest, good diet, sleep and not overtraining) vs. improper training. Improper training bad.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:27 PM   #4
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

The adaptation to exercise is essentially an inflammatory response: tissue gets damaged during exercise, the body fixes it. If you want the adaptation, the inflammation is sort of unavoidable.

The difference is that inflammation due to diet is chronic: it never goes away as long as you're eating the problematic food. Inflammation due to exercise goes away as soon as the damage is healed.

But that's part of why rest is so important. Without adequate rest, you're back to chronic inflammation again.

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Old 09-09-2009, 06:26 AM   #5
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

The health benefits of exercise outweigh the temporary inflammation associated with tissue repair.

Inflammation isn't necessarily bad (aka body healing itself from getting sick), it's the chronic inflammation that's bad. Can be from overstressing, diet, lack of sleep, overtraining, etc.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:26 AM   #6
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

You can lessen the inflammation induced by exercise via icing/ice baths/contrast baths (and also NSAIDs but I wouldn't really recommend that except in serious cases).
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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Re: Crossfit & Inflammation & Sears

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Take fish oil.

Work out hard.

Ice when needed.

Rest when needed.

Take more fish oil.

Don't worry, it's all good.
Fixed.
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