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Why is Crossfit so Infectious?

"What if movement was one of the best things you could do to keep your brain healthy? What if high-intensity, functional movement changed..the way your brain works? What if doing CrossFit made you a better person?"

Courtesy of Evolve Magazine we could not help but to share this video. Answers why Crossfit is so infectious. "We" humans are social creatures.

A Better Place from Evolve Magazine on Vimeo.

Your brain is the most amazing thing in the known universe. With it, you can walk, talk, remember, feel, hate, love, and the list goes on. Your brain is you. Your brain is a part of your body. You need to maintain it just like anything else.

What if movement was one of the best things you could do to keep your brain healthy? What if high-intensity, functional movement changed the way your brain works? What if doing CrossFit made you a better person?

The cells in your brain are called neurons, of which there are approximately 100 billion. Neurons are connected to each other by special bodies known as synapses. There are on average one to ten thousand synapses for each neuron. So there is the possibility for your brain to have tens of trillions of synapses. This potentially exceeds the number of stars in our universe.

Think about a simple conversation between two people. “How are you? What did you do today? Want to get something to eat?” Boring, right? Billions of neurons, trillions of synapses firing at light speed to access memory, control countless biological processes, and read body language, all while trying to tell a funny story about your day. Boring? Everyday interactions are immeasurably complex interactions between two of the most advanced organisms on the earth. No other known living thing can express with the level of depth that human beings can achieve. Human beings specialize in social interaction. Cooperation is what allowed us to be the most successful species in history. The next time you're stuck in traffic and late for work, think about what would happen if no one cooperated with traffic laws. People driving whatever direction they want, at random speeds, crashing into each other with abandon. Chaos. But its not like this most of the time. Generally, traffic flows smoothly and you are allowed to travel at incredible speeds with relative ease. Even though highways are dangerous and accidents happen, the overwhelming majority of the time cooperation and communication are winning the day.

A little girl cries. Her cat is stuck in a tree. 911 called. Firefighter goes up. Cat comes down. Crisis averted. Another everyday occurrence. But it’s just a cat. Why all the effort? Why spend the resources? Why take the risk, however small? Because we feel for other living things. We intuitively understand each other. Empathy is one of our most prized possessions. We see it in other animals as well: Cows circled around calves when they detect a predator; birds flying in a flock; dogs romping around the park. But humans can go beyond that. The little girl’s cries turn from stress to joy when she’s handed her cat. “Thank you,” she says to the firefighter. “You're welcome.” They hug. She’s ecstatic someone was so generous to help her. He’s melting inside, able to feel the depth of her gratitude. It is a simple interaction that belies incredible complexity.

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