Ten Ways to be a Healthier, Maybe Even Sexier Geek

Summer approaches, and if you’re like me, the life of a geek tends to make thoughts of stepping out in front of other people in your bathing suit a little terrifying. Wii Fit aside, many games (*cough*DragonAge*cough*) play to our obsessive sides, and make it so easy to spend hours with our rear ends parked on the couch, which doesn’t exactly help when it comes to losing weight.

But if there’s one thing we geeks are good at, it’s attaining knowledge. We know how things work, scientifically, right? So being fit should be easier for us than the general public… or something.

Well, not exactly. Getting in shape is difficult, there’s no way around that. But the health benefits really outweigh those difficulties. I mean, sure, you might not want to be ripped—but living longer, being stronger, and having fewer risk for disease isn’t something to thumb your nose at.

I’ve recently started a new fitness regime, and I thought some of my geekier tips might be of use to any other geek looking for good ways to lose weight, or just get more active.

1) Find a good gym. This is really important. You want to find gyms that cater to all sorts of people, all ages. Because, honestly, some gyms are high-school gym class nightmare inducing. A good chain around here is Lifestyle Family Fitness—which I can personally vouch for. Many YMCAs are great places to look, too. Too many gyms are meat markets, and are disheartening just to walk into. You don’t want to feel bad for being out of shape to start with.

2) Get a personal trainer—or a personal evaluation. While not everyone can afford a personal trainer (though in some cases they’re a lot cheaper than you’d expect) getting a full health evaluation is really important. You can’t make progress if you don’t know where you started. Blood pressure, body fat percentage, heart rate—all these things are indicative of your current state of health (or, in some cases, lack thereof). Sometimes a good wakeup call is helpful, too. As far as a personal trainer is concerned, figuring out what kinds of exercise are best for your body type and fitness goals may help you achieve your goals sooner.

3) Love your stats. It’s amazing how many tools there are out there for fitness people. Heck, there are entire mp3 players built around fitness now. Keeping track of your fitness stats is a wonderfully geeky way to stay on top of things. There are a hundred different options as far as tracking is concerned, but I use the one at my gym. I can access it anywhere, and I’m able to take measurements there rather than at my house. Making little challenges for yourself, too, is a great way to stay motivated: track miles run, calories burned, and time spent working out!

4) Write down what you eat. I’m not even talking about counting calories. But all-night raids and dungeon crawls might have you scarfing more chips and soda than you think. Write it down, get perspective; then, just try to eat less. I’m addicted to DailyBurn and use it to catalog everything I eat… most days… except when I’m at conventions… DailyBurn is free, and it syncs with my iPod.

5) Educate yourself. Learn about where your food comes from. Suggested books include The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. Knowing is half the battle. You’re smart enough to draw your on conclusions.

Cooking your own food will help you lose weight!6) Cook your own food. Even good restaurants serve humongous portions and can often slather their entrees in oil and other huge calorie bombs. Cooking at home isn’t just fun, it’s an extremely useful skill to have. Also, you know exactly what’s going into your meal from the get go. Studies indicate that people who eat good, home meals are less likely to be obese than those who eat out. Not surprising.

7) Get the iPod rockin’. If being at the gym is boring, load up some of your favorite shows and movies on your iPod or other portable device. It’s one of the best ways to make working out tolerable and even, dare I say it, enjoyable!

8) Don’t just go to the gym. Get into other activities. Consider fencing or archery, both of which we geeks tend to know a lot about to begin with. If you don’t want sports, consider hiking like a hobbit or maybe even starting a garden. Just getting up and moving is a great first step!

9) Drink lots of water. Blue Warrior also needs water! Too much caffeine and caffeinated beverages does not do good on your system. If you can’t stand plain water, consider adding lemon to it, or even some flavored drink mix. We are over 70% water—so if we skimp on that, we’re in dangerous territory! Not to mention, too much caffeine can interrupt your sleep patterns, and sleep is essential to good health, not to mention good mood.

10) Ramp up your geek esteem! It sounds corny, but learning to accept yourself—faults and all—is a great way to start toward a healthy life. Because, honestly, if you can’t be happy where you are right now, chances are 20 pounds isn’t going to make a difference, either.

Whatever you do, now is the time to do it. With the weather (in this hemisphere, anyway) finally getting warmer, the world is ready for exploration and the sun is shining!

Have any geeky workout tips or weight loss success stories to share? Let us know about them in the comments!

[Editor’s note: The picture you see on the top right of this post is of personal friend and [GaS] reader Phil, who proudly wears one of our official t-shirts while burning calories on a threadmill.]

[Pictures Sources: Personal Trailer (CC) | Food plates (CC) | Thumb up (CC)]

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116 Responses to Ten Ways to be a Healthier, Maybe Even Sexier Geek

  1. Me and my husband are geeky fitness nerds! I weigh in on Wii Fit every morning because the balance board makes me feel bad when I miss a day. We run to the tunes of Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Cake and TMBG regularly. I lift weights during my evening TV (Lost seems more interesting while weight training) or use my evening tv as a reward (can't watch Supernatural unless I work out for 20 min!). My husband has also gotten really into the Nike plus hookup with his IPod touch, loves to see the increasing progress!

    I'd love also to promote sparkpeople.com as a 100% free weight loss site with a wonderful community, including a huge number of geeks (being computer savvy and all)

  2. My Story (I'm the editor of this blog!)

    About a year and a half ago, I was at a point where I wasn't really comfortable in my pants anymore. In my 20's, I used to be in *GREAT* shape, but when I got in my thirties, I started gaining weight.. and running this place is one of the main culprits :)

    So last year (I'm 35 now), I decided to take matters in my own hands and got myself a stairmaster, which I installed in front of my home cinema setup in the basement. I mean, training is pretty boring in itself, so you really have to keep your mind busy if you don't want to quit everything out of boredom. So after installing the stairmaster, I got myself a pair of sennheiser wireless heaphones, and bought a few sci-fi tv series (Stargate, Battlestar Gallactica) to watch while I was burning calories.

    It worked great. Not only my interest was kept on the screen, but it made me forget that I was even training.

    When I was done with the series, I started playing games on my PS3 while climbing virtual stairs. I recently finished Dragon Age and God of War III (best game ever to help you improve your cardio). The best thing about playing games while using the stairmaster is that it forces you to keep your hands on the game controller, and not on the machine :)

    The result? In the past year, I lost 35 pounds. I train around 4 to 5 days a week, for about an hour per training session. It's the only thing I changed in my lifestile… and maybe I eat a little healthier than before…. even if I tend to eat more.

    • Wow I'm JUST like you! :) Except instead of a stairmaster, I've been using a stationary exercise bike. You just have to be careful not to get too immersed in the movie/game and forget to peddle for half an hour haha…

  3. Love it! I’ve been working on my healthstyle since the start of the year and have lost 13 pounds so far. I use Google Wave for food journaling, read my health books while on the elliptical at the gym (I’ll second your book recommendations and also add What To Eat by Marion Nestle to that list), and I even started a Salad Club at work (basically a potluck salad bar – it’s great!). If folks are on Twitter, check out the #fit4gencon and #geekestloser hashtags to find more geeks who are trying to get healthy.

  4. Love it! I’ve been working on my healthstyle since the start of the year and have lost 13 pounds so far. I use Google Wave for food journaling, read my health books while on the elliptical at the gym (I’ll second your book recommendations and also add What To Eat by Marion Nestle to that list), and I even started a Salad Club at work (basically a potluck salad bar – it’s great!). If folks are on Twitter, check out the #fit4gencon and #geekestloser hashtags to find more geeks who are trying to get healthy.

  5. Parkour!… or better known as Free-running.
    Im seriously considering about getting back into it
    I used to be as thin as a rake and its amazing fun!

  6. Parkour!… or better known as Free-running.
    Im seriously considering about getting back into it
    I used to be as thin as a rake and its amazing fun!

  7. Me and my husband are geeky fitness nerds! I weigh in on Wii Fit every morning because the balance board makes me feel bad when I miss a day. We run to the tunes of Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Cake and TMBG regularly. I lift weights during my evening TV (Lost seems more interesting while weight training) or use my evening tv as a reward (can’t watch Supernatural unless I work out for 20 min!). My husband has also gotten really into the Nike plus hookup with his IPod touch, loves to see the increasing progress!

    I’d love also to promote sparkpeople.com as a 100% free weight loss site with a wonderful community, including a huge number of geeks (being computer savvy and all)

  8. I am a very big fan of the Nike+ feature on my Nano. It's a great way to motivate people when they see your updates on FB, Twitter..etc.. It's helped me shed at least 20lbs since last year and has kept me motivated when I see the progress I've made. There are also many challenges with incentives that keeps us all motivated. We'll create a challenge in which the winner receives a $25 iTunes card from all the losers… This makes it fun for all of us…

    For the people who don't like going to the gym, there are outdoor activities to help out. I enjoy going for a hike here in LA. The city can be congested and going to Griffith Park or Runyon can be a great escape.

    If people want to add me on Nike+, my screen name is dbonaparte….

  9. I am a very big fan of the Nike+ feature on my Nano. It’s a great way to motivate people when they see your updates on FB, Twitter..etc.. It’s helped me shed at least 20lbs since last year and has kept me motivated when I see the progress I’ve made. There are also many challenges with incentives that keeps us all motivated. We’ll create a challenge in which the winner receives a $25 iTunes card from all the losers… This makes it fun for all of us…

    For the people who don’t like going to the gym, there are outdoor activities to help out. I enjoy going for a hike here in LA. The city can be congested and going to Griffith Park or Runyon can be a great escape.

    If people want to add me on Nike+, my screen name is dbonaparte….

  10. Here's a few more useful tips. Just over two years ago, I was 210 lbs. and over 30% body fat. I was able to drop down to 160 at 7% body fat, and now I am getting ready for my first powerlifiting competition. So I know a bit about this.

    * Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not "exercise". It is a WASTE OF TIME.

    * Lifting weights is, by far, the best way to lose body fat.

    * You cannot significantly increase your body's ability to burn fat throughout the day without increasing your muscle mass.

    * Women do not get big and bulky from lifting weights, unless they are also taking steroids. Ladies, the weight pile won't make you look like a man. Seriously.

    * Fat in your food is not the enemy. Highly refined starches are the enemy. Go do some research into hormones (particularly insulin and cortisol), how they are affected by diet, and how they affect fat loss.

    * Go to the gym even if you don't like it. Look, it's your *life* we are talking about here. Do you want to be sticking an insulin needle in yourself to stay alive? Is your fear of what people at the gym might think of you worth that? Guess what people… if you are out of shape, I guarantee that some people will talk bad about you.

    * Full body exercises, such as "compound" movements (bench press, military press, squat, deadlift) build more muscle and burn more calories. Not the machine versions. The real ones, with a barbell. The "complex" movements like snatches, most kettlebell exercises, power cleans, etc. also burn major amounts of calories.

    * Cardio is not an effective weight loss plan. It puts you in a catabolic state which chews up the muscle you need to burn calories. Plus, it uses very few muscles (you are sitting on your butt pushing some pedals, only uses your quads… or emulating running, just uses your quads and calves). Compared to something like a squat or a deadlift, traditional cardio burns many less calories. In addition, "steady state" cardio is not as effective as "interval training"… and weight lifting, with a short time between sets (30 – 90 seconds) is essentially interval training, but much more intense than any cardio machine.

    * Most personal trainers are MORONS. All they know is the same garbage spewed out by the magazines. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the people in magazines like Flex, Muscular Development, etc. are on steroids, human growth hormone, etc. Anything they do in the gym is not applicable to you and your lifestyle. Why would you get advice from someone who is just recycling useless information?

    J.Ja

    • "Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not “exercise”. It is a WASTE OF TIME."

      I disagree. When you can get your heart rate to 120 / 160 (intervals) for an hour while doing something else, the exercise is just as good… See my story below :)

    • While what you say may, or may not, all be true, I don't think it would have been possible to come across as more of a douche-bag while saying it, congratulations.

    • You're the kind of people that keeps everyone else off Gyms. You come off as a guy who thinks that is better than all the flabby geek crowd. You know what motivates to actually wake up at 6 in the morning and ride my treadmill? That I get to see an episode of Grey's Anatomy before I go to work.

      So what if some people don't go to the gym because they are worried of what others think? There are plenty of ways of getting fit that don't mean having to go to the gym and seeing meatheads and dumb blondes. I don't think Gyms are fat friendly at all. Yeah, I admit it, I'm fat. But guess what, I've also lost weight (20 lbs) on my own, doing interval training, watching tv and enjoying it. I don't lift weight because I've got back problems, but I also realized that I actually gain a bit more weight than actually loosing weight.

      My advice? Go to the doctor. Find a doctor specialized on loosing weight. They can usually help you out trying to figure which exercise is the best for you (considering your medical history. For example, if you got bad knees, forget about jogging) and can help you build a diet (which does not mean you have to starve).

      • muscle is denser/heavier than fat, so yes, if you're gaining muscle, you may not lose numbers on the scale. that's not a measure of getting into shape. screw scales, seriously. focus on how you feel and look and how your clothes fit.

    • I agree with the other three here. And if people are doing ANYTHING to improve their physical condition (cardio, low impact workouts, whatever) then I give them a +1 respect for doing so.

      Personally, I'm a university student right now so my diet and exercise routine is rather terrible but I do what I can. I can't wait to get a fitness machine to use while gaming post-postsecondary.

      And for those DDR and such gamers out there, if you want to add a bit more impact to your gaming you can try weights that strap around your wrists and ankles, they aren't overly heavy or expensive but should add a little bit more of a kick to what you're already doing.

    • Justin,

      +1 to everything you just said.

      I'm attending an Olympic Lifting training certification next month (coached by the one and only Mike Burgener) and can't stand a day when I'm not under the iron (and have the hands to prove it).

      The gym is now my playground rather than the place I dread to go every day. I truly wish more people tried it for three weeks with a trainer or coach that knew how to train them right.

      Cheers,

      C-.

    • All this is spot on. His tone isn't even bad. Sometimes people need to hear stuff like this and get it forced in.

  11. Here’s a few more useful tips. Just over two years ago, I was 210 lbs. and over 30% body fat. I was able to drop down to 160 at 7% body fat, and now I am getting ready for my first powerlifiting competition. So I know a bit about this.

    * Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not “exercise”. It is a WASTE OF TIME.

    * Lifting weights is, by far, the best way to lose body fat.

    * You cannot significantly increase your body’s ability to burn fat throughout the day without increasing your muscle mass.

    * Women do not get big and bulky from lifting weights, unless they are also taking steroids. Ladies, the weight pile won’t make you look like a man. Seriously.

    * Fat in your food is not the enemy. Highly refined starches are the enemy. Go do some research into hormones (particularly insulin and cortisol), how they are affected by diet, and how they affect fat loss.

    * Go to the gym even if you don’t like it. Look, it’s your *life* we are talking about here. Do you want to be sticking an insulin needle in yourself to stay alive? Is your fear of what people at the gym might think of you worth that? Guess what people… if you are out of shape, I guarantee that some people will talk bad about you.

    * Full body exercises, such as “compound” movements (bench press, military press, squat, deadlift) build more muscle and burn more calories. Not the machine versions. The real ones, with a barbell. The “complex” movements like snatches, most kettlebell exercises, power cleans, etc. also burn major amounts of calories.

    * Cardio is not an effective weight loss plan. It puts you in a catabolic state which chews up the muscle you need to burn calories. Plus, it uses very few muscles (you are sitting on your butt pushing some pedals, only uses your quads… or emulating running, just uses your quads and calves). Compared to something like a squat or a deadlift, traditional cardio burns many less calories. In addition, “steady state” cardio is not as effective as “interval training”… and weight lifting, with a short time between sets (30 – 90 seconds) is essentially interval training, but much more intense than any cardio machine.

    * Most personal trainers are MORONS. All they know is the same garbage spewed out by the magazines. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the people in magazines like Flex, Muscular Development, etc. are on steroids, human growth hormone, etc. Anything they do in the gym is not applicable to you and your lifestyle. Why would you get advice from someone who is just recycling useless information?

    J.Ja

    • “Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not “exercise”. It is a WASTE OF TIME.”

      I disagree. When you can get your heart rate to 120 / 160 (intervals) for an hour while doing something else, the exercise is just as good… See my story below :)

    • While what you say may, or may not, all be true, I don’t think it would have been possible to come across as more of a douche-bag while saying it, congratulations.

    • You’re the kind of people that keeps everyone else off Gyms. You come off as a guy who thinks that is better than all the flabby geek crowd. You know what motivates to actually wake up at 6 in the morning and ride my treadmill? That I get to see an episode of Grey’s Anatomy before I go to work.

      So what if some people don’t go to the gym because they are worried of what others think? There are plenty of ways of getting fit that don’t mean having to go to the gym and seeing meatheads and dumb blondes. I don’t think Gyms are fat friendly at all. Yeah, I admit it, I’m fat. But guess what, I’ve also lost weight (20 lbs) on my own, doing interval training, watching tv and enjoying it. I don’t lift weight because I’ve got back problems, but I also realized that I actually gain a bit more weight than actually loosing weight.

      My advice? Go to the doctor. Find a doctor specialized on loosing weight. They can usually help you out trying to figure which exercise is the best for you (considering your medical history. For example, if you got bad knees, forget about jogging) and can help you build a diet (which does not mean you have to starve).

    • I agree with the other three here. And if people are doing ANYTHING to improve their physical condition (cardio, low impact workouts, whatever) then I give them a +1 respect for doing so.

      Personally, I’m a university student right now so my diet and exercise routine is rather terrible but I do what I can. I can’t wait to get a fitness machine to use while gaming post-postsecondary.

      And for those DDR and such gamers out there, if you want to add a bit more impact to your gaming you can try weights that strap around your wrists and ankles, they aren’t overly heavy or expensive but should add a little bit more of a kick to what you’re already doing.

    • Got another useful tip:

      Coupla years ago, I was close to 200 pounds at 5'4", and near 30% bodyfat. Currently, I'm at 170 and 5-7% bodyfat (everyone's bodyfat percentage will vary over the day based on a fairly wide variety of factors).

      I did nothing that Mr. James recommended, and quite a few things that he recommends against.

      In essence, while I respect your opinion, Mr. James, I respect it as just that – opinion, nothing more.

      Point by point:
      * Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not "exercise". It is a WASTE OF TIME.

      –Check your facts, sir, this is wrong. Dead wrong, actually. Anything which burns calories can be considered exercise. What a healthy amount of exercise is for you depends on your goals. Want to lose weight? Burn more than you intake. Want to maintain weight? Burn no more than you consume. Want to gain weight? Consume more than you burn. Simple math, nothing more.

      * Lifting weights is, by far, the best way to lose body fat.

      –Wrong again. The best way to lose body fat through exercise alone, excluding all external factors, is actually high rep/low intensity cardio with full-body stretching and warm-ups/cool-downs before and after. Please don't think that low intensity means you don't sweat, though! Low intensity simply refers to a pace one is able to maintain over a long period of time. Think long bike rides, runs, swims, or so on. This sort of exercise will develop endurance and tend to emphasize a lean, balanced build.

      * You cannot significantly increase your body's ability to burn fat throughout the day without increasing your muscle mass.

      –If I'm interpreting this correctly, the meaning of this statement is correct, if misleading in presentation and poorly phrased. Correlation, sir, not causation.
      If one is burning fat by exercising, then yes, the body will increase its muscle mass in response to cope with the increased demands being placed upon it. That said, however, please understand that a gain in muscle mass is simply a side effect of exercise strenous enough to cause significant weight/fat loss, rather than the direct cause of the weight loss, as Mr. James' post seems to posit.

      * Women do not get big and bulky from lifting weights, unless they are also taking steroids. Ladies, the weight pile won't make you look like a man. Seriously.

      –Wrong again. This statement is actually deeply misleading, in large part due to its non-specific nature. Upper body weight training exercises have two drawbacks for women concerned with cosmetics:
      1.They build up the pectoral muscles. Unbalanced, heavy pectoral muscles will often cause the classic cosmetically "manly" appearance Mr. James is referring to. Think Arnold Schwarzenegger or Terry Crews as opposed to Bruce Lee or Jason Statham, women wrestlers as opposed to Halle Berry or Jennifer Garner.
      2. Breasts do have a fairly complex internal structure, and it's cushioned in large part by – you guessed it – fat. Fat is what gives breasts their shape, as well as the classic cosmetically "womanly" appearance. If you're burning lots of fat with upper body exercises (such as lifting) and building up your pecs, your body won't be looking at that lovely voluptuous bust as anything more than a fuel reservoir.
      This isn't to say I discourage upper body exercise – but keeping it balanced is important, for men and women both.

      * Fat in your food is not the enemy. Highly refined starches are the enemy. Go do some research into hormones (particularly insulin and cortisol), how they are affected by diet, and how they affect fat loss.

      –I've heard this mantra repeated by weightlifting enthusiasts more times than I can count, and I've yet to see any science supporting it.
      I'm not saying it's not true – just that I have yet to see any proof for it. I would take it with a grain of salt pending any supporting research.
      That said, doing research into one's diet is definitely something to be encouraged. I would hesitate before declaring any one type of dietary ingredient "the enemy", though. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see, after all.

      * Go to the gym even if you don't like it. Look, it's your *life* we are talking about here. Do you want to be sticking an insulin needle in yourself to stay alive? Is your fear of what people at the gym might think of you worth that? Guess what people… if you are out of shape, I guarantee that some people will talk bad about you.

      –This could've been presented better. A lot better. Going to the gym is good, though.

      * Full body exercises, such as "compound" movements (bench press, military press, squat, deadlift) build more muscle and burn more calories. Not the machine versions. The real ones, with a barbell. The "complex" movements like snatches, most kettlebell exercises, power cleans, etc. also burn major amounts of calories.

      –True. Full body exercises are far more effective than hyperfocusing on any one area of the body.

      * Cardio is not an effective weight loss plan. It puts you in a catabolic state which chews up the muscle you need to burn calories. Plus, it uses very few muscles (you are sitting on your butt pushing some pedals, only uses your quads… or emulating running, just uses your quads and calves). Compared to something like a squat or a deadlift, traditional cardio burns many less calories. In addition, "steady state" cardio is not as effective as "interval training"… and weight lifting, with a short time between sets (30 – 90 seconds) is essentially interval training, but much more intense than any cardio machine.

      –This one's actually dead false. It's propaganda that weightlifters like to promote, but it has zero basis in fact whatsoever. The catabolic state that chews up muscle only occurs when there is no more fat to burn. In addition, two of the most effective fat-burning exercises known to the world of fitness are straight cardio, and work every muscle group in the body: swimming and sex.
      I've observed that the vocal minority of weightlifting enthusiasts who are most insecure about their sport of choice tend to spread this sort of misinformation particularly aggressively. Don't believe a word of it.

      * Most personal trainers are MORONS. All they know is the same garbage spewed out by the magazines. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the people in magazines like Flex, Muscular Development, etc. are on steroids, human growth hormone, etc. Anything they do in the gym is not applicable to you and your lifestyle. Why would you get advice from someone who is just recycling useless information?

      –Since this website is called "Geeks Are Sexy", after all, I'm assuming all of us here are intelligent enough to ask for proof when someone presents such broad, sweeping generalizations & baseless accusations as this.

      /rebuttal

      Also, the most important step in this article for getting healthy? Ramp up that self esteem! It's like I tell my buddies: It's not enough to just BE awesome, like I know they are. THEY have to know they're awesome.

      The most important part of losing weight is realizing just what an amazing person you are and how much YOU deserve this – that it's all about you, not anyone around you.

      You can do it. You just need to know you can as well as all your friends, loved ones, and other supporters do. :)

  12. I play in an adult kickball league. I've gotten so into it that, since starting two years ago, I've formed my own team (Team Robot) and play on another team comprised mostly of other team captains who are so into the sport we wanted to, well, play more kickball! It's a great way to go out and get some exercise running around the field.

    Bicycling is also a really geeky hobby of mine. Gear heads love new gadgety toys for their bikes and the folks that get into it in a fun way can be geek chic as all heck.

  13. I play in an adult kickball league. I’ve gotten so into it that, since starting two years ago, I’ve formed my own team (Team Robot) and play on another team comprised mostly of other team captains who are so into the sport we wanted to, well, play more kickball! It’s a great way to go out and get some exercise running around the field.

    Bicycling is also a really geeky hobby of mine. Gear heads love new gadgety toys for their bikes and the folks that get into it in a fun way can be geek chic as all heck.

  14. The thing I think is most important when it comes to getting healthy is having fun whilst doing so. To do this I've got a job at a roller skate rink which I've had for over 2 years now. I have fun, keep healthy, get paid and socialise (which is important too for us geeks!). The actual roller skating keeps my legs toned and the heavy lifting works on my upper body.

    Anyway, my input is simple: find a hobby to keep fit and when fit enough, stick at it and make something out of it!

  15. The thing I think is most important when it comes to getting healthy is having fun whilst doing so. To do this I’ve got a job at a roller skate rink which I’ve had for over 2 years now. I have fun, keep healthy, get paid and socialise (which is important too for us geeks!). The actual roller skating keeps my legs toned and the heavy lifting works on my upper body.
    Anyway, my input is simple: find a hobby to keep fit and when fit enough, stick at it and make something out of it!

  16. I'll echo about getting a fitness machine while playing games or watching movies. We spend so much time sitting in front of our respective media, that it's probably the best to be able to combine the activities. I was doing "cardio theater" at Gold's Gym, until I found out they just cycled through romantic comedies and movies starring The Rock. I tried just doing sit-ups or something of the sort while in front of the tv, but I'd just get too involved and forget that I was supposed to be working out. Stairmaster or treadmill is probably the best idea, as the machine still runs even if you forget it does.

  17. I’ll echo about getting a fitness machine while playing games or watching movies. We spend so much time sitting in front of our respective media, that it’s probably the best to be able to combine the activities. I was doing “cardio theater” at Gold’s Gym, until I found out they just cycled through romantic comedies and movies starring The Rock. I tried just doing sit-ups or something of the sort while in front of the tv, but I’d just get too involved and forget that I was supposed to be working out. Stairmaster or treadmill is probably the best idea, as the machine still runs even if you forget it does.

  18. My Story (I’m the editor of this blog!)

    About a year and a half ago, I was at a point where I wasn’t really comfortable in my pants anymore. In my 20’s, I used to be in *GREAT* shape, but when I got in my thirties, I started gaining weight.. and running this place is one of the main culprits :)

    So last year (I’m 35 now), I decided to take matters in my own hands and got myself a stairmaster, which I installed in front of my home cinema setup in the basement. I mean, training is pretty boring in itself, so you really have to keep your mind busy if you don’t want to quit everything out of boredom. So after installing the stairmaster, I got myself a pair of sennheiser wireless heaphones, and bought a few sci-fi tv series (Stargate, Battlestar Gallactica) to watch while I was burning calories.

    It worked great. Not only my interest was kept on the screen, but it made me forget that I was even training.

    When I was done with the series, I started playing games on my PS3 while climbing virtual stairs. I recently finished Dragon Age and God of War III (best game ever to help you improve your cardio). The best thing about playing games while using the stairmaster is that it forces you to keep your hands on the game controller, and not on the machine :)

    The result? In the past year, I lost 35 pounds. I train around 4 to 5 days a week, for about an hour per training session. It’s the only thing I changed in my lifestile… and maybe I eat a little healthier than before…. even if I tend to eat more.

  19. I used to play basketball (albeit rather poorly) some time ago. Really, I had not even been thinking about it until I Stumbled this today. I think I will get back into. In fact, now I am looking forward to it.

    Thanks!!

    – mark

    @icebluebanana

  20. I used to play basketball (albeit rather poorly) some time ago. Really, I had not even been thinking about it until I Stumbled this today. I think I will get back into. In fact, now I am looking forward to it.

    Thanks!!

    – mark
    @icebluebanana

  21. Good tips. Especially the first one. I love my gym. It's a "judgment free" gym located right next to a comic book/gaming store. Lots of fellow geeks to workout with. :-)

  22. Good tips. Especially the first one. I love my gym. It’s a “judgment free” gym located right next to a comic book/gaming store. Lots of fellow geeks to workout with. :-)

  23. Running is great and *free* (well you have to get some good shoes). Don’t try to run fast, just try to run 40-50 minuts once or twice a week.
    It’s difficult and maybe painful the first weeks, but the more you run, the more pleasure you get and after a year it’s a drug.

    With this training and a “stop junkfood” plan, I lost 40 kg (~88 pounds) in one year and a half. It’s nice to buy L or even M sized T-shirts instead of the good old XXL ones

  24. A couple of months ago, I found out the trick for shaping up your shoulders in a hurry. Break your ankle and have to use crutches. There really ought to be a crutch-based workout program. :P

    Seriously, I am once again determined to lose weight. There's nothing like having to put all of your weight on your hands and wrists to make it crystal clear how much you weigh. I might start by getting a swimsuit *shudder* and hitting the subdivision's pool.

  25. A couple of months ago, I found out the trick for shaping up your shoulders in a hurry. Break your ankle and have to use crutches. There really ought to be a crutch-based workout program. :P

    Seriously, I am once again determined to lose weight. There’s nothing like having to put all of your weight on your hands and wrists to make it crystal clear how much you weigh. I might start by getting a swimsuit *shudder* and hitting the subdivision’s pool.

  26. I don't mean to burst your bubble here, but it just stood out and scratched my retina : "We are over 70% water" …

    That number is a little too high : we're actually somewhere between 55% and 65% water out of our total body weight, depending on sex, climate, state of hidration and other stuff.

    Pretty sure if you were over 70% water, you'd be dead from water poisoning :)

  27. I don’t mean to burst your bubble here, but it just stood out and scratched my retina : “We are over 70% water” …
    That number is a little too high : we’re actually somewhere between 55% and 65% water out of our total body weight, depending on sex, climate, state of hidration and other stuff.
    Pretty sure if you were over 70% water, you’d be dead from water poisoning :)

  28. The guy way up there who said cardio alone won’t help you lose weight, I know from personal experience that he is wrong. A few years ago I started playing DDR (not the easy slow songs either) for an hour a day. In two months I had lost 40 pounds.

    The only problem was I never worked on my diet, so when I quit playing, I slowly gained it back.

    After that I took up WW and followed the points. Never went to a single meeting, and I lost 58 pounds, which all but 5 had stayed off for almost a year now.

    Of course it works better with diet and exercise together, and its hard work, but I think it’s worth it.

  29. I've found that dancing Salsa has helped me. It's great cardio and helps with the co-ordination. And anyone who tells you it's not resistance training has never had to dip a 130 pound woman. Plus it gets me out meeting new people. And to top it off, it's good for the brain too.

  30. I’ve found that dancing Salsa has helped me. It’s great cardio and helps with the co-ordination. And anyone who tells you it’s not resistance training has never had to dip a 130 pound woman. Plus it gets me out meeting new people. And to top it off, it’s good for the brain too.

  31. The guy at the top is a fool.

    Yes, lifting weights help significantly in weight loss, because a pound of muscle burns 2x as many calories as a pound of fat, however, cardio is excellent for burning through a large amount of calories in a session.

    "Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not “exercise”. It is a WASTE OF TIME."

    Not true in the least. It doesn't matter what you do while working out, whether its reading, talking to yourself, watching tv, listening to music, or what have you, so long as you actually are doing something physical, you can be writing a damn book, its still beneficial.

    For those out there with bad knees (such as myself, a recently torn ACL at work), walking burns almost the same amount of calories as jogging, so go for it…

    Hell, if youre sitting around watching TV or playing video games, drop and do a couple pushups, situps, lunges, whatever during commercials or loading screens…adding little exercises like that really can make a difference.

  32. The guy at the top is a fool.
    Yes, lifting weights help significantly in weight loss, because a pound of muscle burns 2x as many calories as a pound of fat, however, cardio is excellent for burning through a large amount of calories in a session.

    “Any exercise which allows you to still watch TV or read a magazine is not “exercise”. It is a WASTE OF TIME.”
    Not true in the least. It doesn’t matter what you do while working out, whether its reading, talking to yourself, watching tv, listening to music, or what have you, so long as you actually are doing something physical, you can be writing a damn book, its still beneficial.

    For those out there with bad knees (such as myself, a recently torn ACL at work), walking burns almost the same amount of calories as jogging, so go for it…

    Hell, if youre sitting around watching TV or playing video games, drop and do a couple pushups, situps, lunges, whatever during commercials or loading screens…adding little exercises like that really can make a difference.

  33. The 3 easiest ways to be healthy:

    1) Parkour. Once you're confident about that, you can do anything.

    2) Buy a pull up bar. Set it up in the doorway to a room you enter/exit frequently, and then every time you pass through do X amount. Increase repetitions as needed.

    3) Grow stuff, then eat it. For instance, cucumbers! They're really easy, and you can make them into pickles! Plus eating anything you grow/make makes it taste 10 times better.

  34. The 3 easiest ways to be healthy:
    1) Parkour. Once you’re confident about that, you can do anything.
    2) Buy a pull up bar. Set it up in the doorway to a room you enter/exit frequently, and then every time you pass through do X amount. Increase repetitions as needed.
    3) Grow stuff, then eat it. For instance, cucumbers! They’re really easy, and you can make them into pickles! Plus eating anything you grow/make makes it taste 10 times better.

  35. I'm not on a diet, I've changed my lifestyle; and I owe it all to my passion for data.

    Also, I agree with every word Justin James wrote and while perhaps not said with the best tone, I believe that it was posted with the best intentions.

    I'm a geek, plain and simple. I'm a software engineer and architect who consults to fortune 100 companies and I travel…A LOT. I live out of hotels and eat at restaurants four out of seven days a week. I used to weigh 260+ pounds (on a 6ft frame, that's well into 30%+ Body Fat percentage – more on Body Fat in a second) and have struggled with my weight since taking a desk job. I once got all the way down to 185# from 240# before taking my new job as a consultant, getting married and having kids with my wife.

    After all that life change, wouldn't you know it…*BOOM* it all came back and then some. I was having significant issues getting back to anywhere close to healthy while living a traveling life style. I realized then, that I needed to look at my health and fitness differently, I needed to find a way to engage my brain.

    I needed to "Flex The Geek" as it were.

    So I started to do research, to figure out the numbers and the "Whys" of health and a healthy lifestyle. I looked for people with data who created results. Not opinions, but data. Not gimmicks, but results.

    My reading lead me to people like Dr. Barry Sears, Greg Glassman, Mark Rippetoe, Mike Burgener and several others, all of whom had data. At the same time I took some time honored advice and started accumulating my OWN data. I journaled everything (still do). I journaled my food (if you bite it, write it, if you drink it, ink it), my sleep (or lack there of), and my activity (or lack thereof). I also recorded my weight and body fat percentage (which is the ONE TRUE NUMBER), from which you can calculate lean muscle mass – which is VERY important when it comes to your bodies ability to actually burn fat; it is the engine that burns that fatty fuel, if you don't have enough, you won't burn enough.

    Today, I take part in CrossFit four to six days a week and eat a Paleo/Zone diet. This morning I weighed in at 208 lbs and 21% Body fat. I've lost four pounds of fat in 11 days while gaining a pound of lean muscle. I like CrossFit because it's all about numbers. It's data driven. It's all about work. And not perception, but actual, as defined by physics, 'Work'. We look at weights moved specific distances over time. Pure. Nerd. Joy.

    I'll write it again: I'm not on a diet, I've changed my lifestyle; and I owe it all to my passion for data.

    As an aside, I highly recommend folks watch the movie "I want to look like that guy" (http://www.iwanttolooklikethatguy.com/) for a clear, well documented view on what it actually takes to look like a fitness model.

    Finally, take it to heart when I write:

    – Talk to your doctor and get a physical. Don't be afraid of the bad news, because it's GOING to get better.

    – Get a 7 point pinch test to find your starting Body Fat Percentage and an Omron Portable Body fat Analyzer to chart your progress.

    – JOURNAL EVERYTHING

    – Do your research and find the mode or method that works for your. While I don't advocate long slow exercise, if it helps…do it. If it's DDR or a Wii (*shudder*) do it.

    – While exercise is a part of the equation, Food and Sleep are FAR more important to a humans overall health and longevity. Think about it this way, if you are poorly fueled or rested, your athletic performance will be negatively impacted.

    Of course there is more to my story than this (you can read about it on my blog or FB), but boiled down, it's pretty easy. Flex YOUR geek and find the way that works for you.

  36. My best advice is for geeks to realize that fitness is a lot like leveling up your personal stats. Can you jog a mile father this week than you could last week? + 1 Dexterity! Can you lift 10 more pounds than you could 2 weeks ago? +1 Strength! Lost 10 pounds? +1 Charisma! Make it more like a game and it becomes a lot more fun.

  37. My best advice is for geeks to realize that fitness is a lot like leveling up your personal stats. Can you jog a mile father this week than you could last week? + 1 Dexterity! Can you lift 10 more pounds than you could 2 weeks ago? +1 Strength! Lost 10 pounds? +1 Charisma! Make it more like a game and it becomes a lot more fun.

  38. I'm not on a diet, I've changed my lifestyle; and I owe it all to my passion for data.

    Also, I agree with every word Justin James wrote and while perhaps not said with the best tone, I believe that it was posted with the best intentions.

    I'm a geek, plain and simple. I'm a software engineer and architect who consults to fortune 100 companies and I travel…A LOT. I live out of hotels and eat at restaurants four out of seven days a week. I used to weigh 260+ pounds (on a 6ft frame, that's well into 30%+ Body Fat percentage – more on Body Fat in a second) and have struggled with my weight since taking a desk job. I once got all the way down to 185# from 240# before taking my new job as a consultant, getting married and having kids with my wife.

    After all that life change, wouldn't you know it…*BOOM* it all came back and then some. I was having significant issues getting back to anywhere close to healthy while living a traveling life style. I realized then, that I needed to look at my health and fitness differently, I needed to find a way to engage my brain.

    I needed to "Flex The Geek" as it were.

    So I started to do research, to figure out the numbers and the "Whys" of health and a healthy lifestyle. I looked for people with data who created results. Not opinions, but data. Not gimmicks, but results.

    My reading lead me to people like Dr. Barry Sears, Greg Glassman, Mark Rippetoe, Mike Burgener and several others, all of whom had data. At the same time I took some time honored advice and started accumulating my OWN data. I journaled everything (still do). I journaled my food (if you bite it, write it, if you drink it, ink it), my sleep (or lack there of), and my activity (or lack thereof). I also recorded my weight and body fat percentage (which is the ONE TRUE NUMBER), from which you can calculate lean muscle mass – which is VERY important when it comes to your bodies ability to actually burn fat; it is the engine that burns that fatty fuel, if you don't have enough, you won't burn enough.

    Today, I take part in CrossFit four to six days a week and eat a Paleo/Zone diet. This morning I weighed in at 208 lbs and 21% Body fat. I've lost four pounds of fat in 11 days while gaining a pound of lean muscle. I like CrossFit because it's all about numbers. It's data driven. It's all about work. And not perception, but actual, as defined by physics, 'Work'. We look at weights moved specific distances over time. Pure. Nerd. Joy.

    I'll write it again: I'm not on a diet, I've changed my lifestyle; and I owe it all to my passion for data.

    As an aside, I highly recommend folks watch the movie "I want to look like that guy" (http://www.iwanttolooklikethatguy.com/) for a clear, well documented view on what it actually takes to look like a fitness model.

    Finally, take it to heart when I write:

    – Talk to your doctor and get a physical. Don't be afraid of the bad news, because it's GOING to get better.

    – Get a 7 point pinch test to find your starting Body Fat Percentage and an Omron Portable Body fat Analyzer to chart your progress.

    – JOURNAL EVERYTHING

    – Do your research and find the mode or method that works for your. While I don't advocate long slow exercise, if it helps…do it. If it's DDR or a Wii (*shudder*) do it.

    – While exercise is a part of the equation, Food and Sleep are FAR more important to a humans overall health and longevity. Think about it this way, if you are poorly fueled or rested, your athletic performance will be negatively impacted.

    Of course there is more to my story than this (you can read about it on my blog or FB), but boiled down, it's pretty easy. Flex YOUR geek and find the way that works for you.

  39. Justin,

    +1 to everything you just said.

    I’m attending an Olympic Lifting training certification next month (coached by the one and only Mike Burgener) and can’t stand a day when I’m not under the iron (and have the hands to prove it).

    The gym is now my playground rather than the place I dread to go every day. I truly wish more people tried it for three weeks with a trainer or coach that knew how to train them right.

    Cheers,
    C-.

  40. think in your body as a mmorpg character

    instead of working out

    add some str to your stats

    it gets much easier

  41. You are geeks and not just computer users right?

    Hast thou forgotten ye olde ps2 and DDR mat? DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION!!! If you're like me and clearing songs on Cha you'll eliminate an entire tube of oreos in a half hour or so of intense nonstop gameplay! (be sure to stretch, Legend of Max left me sprained for a week once)

  42. Yes to drinking more water and yes to cooking your own food but the gym? Nononononono! Yoga all the way, rather than punishing yourself with those horrible weights.

  43. Yes to drinking more water and yes to cooking your own food but the gym? Nononononono! Yoga all the way, rather than punishing yourself with those horrible weights.

  44. I say find something active that you have FUN doing. In the end you'll be more apt to keep doing it. I just picked up snowboarding this winter. I have never been as physically sore as I had been that first week on a snowboard. But it was hard work, but a blast, and it helped me tone my legs and butt. In the summer, I play paintball. The running around is great for cardio. Plus it's like a real life FPS! What's not to love?

  45. I say find something active that you have FUN doing. In the end you’ll be more apt to keep doing it. I just picked up snowboarding this winter. I have never been as physically sore as I had been that first week on a snowboard. But it was hard work, but a blast, and it helped me tone my legs and butt. In the summer, I play paintball. The running around is great for cardio. Plus it’s like a real life FPS! What’s not to love?

  46. I think traditional gyms are extremely boring. So after some looking around a friend invited me to come Indoor Rock Climbing with her. I signed up for a membership a week later. I have a blast going climbing after work and am always spent by the time I'm ready to leave. I've lost about 12 pounds in two weeks so far, but have built alot of upper body muscle.

    PS: Cute girls in spandex shorts and a climbing harness is always a good motivator.

  47. I think traditional gyms are extremely boring. So after some looking around a friend invited me to come Indoor Rock Climbing with her. I signed up for a membership a week later. I have a blast going climbing after work and am always spent by the time I’m ready to leave. I’ve lost about 12 pounds in two weeks so far, but have built alot of upper body muscle.

    PS: Cute girls in spandex shorts and a climbing harness is always a good motivator.

  48. I joined up with a Star Wars LARP (Live Action Role-Play) a few months ago, and the sheer amount of walking, running, and light-saber-battling has knocked off at least five pounds and helped me build up endurance and confidence. Plus, I made a bunch of cool, geeky friends!

  49. I joined up with a Star Wars LARP (Live Action Role-Play) a few months ago, and the sheer amount of walking, running, and light-saber-battling has knocked off at least five pounds and helped me build up endurance and confidence. Plus, I made a bunch of cool, geeky friends!

  50. All this is spot on. His tone isn’t even bad. Sometimes people need to hear stuff like this and get it forced in.

  51. Find what you like to do! You don't HAVE to go to a gym to get into shape. I personally do road cycling and mountain biking. There is plenty to geek out over, be it gear ratios, bike frame geometry or my GPS I use to track my rides.

  52. Find what you like to do! You don’t HAVE to go to a gym to get into shape. I personally do road cycling and mountain biking. There is plenty to geek out over, be it gear ratios, bike frame geometry or my GPS I use to track my rides.

  53. Awesome. I have three cats and get more than enough exercise chasing them up the street at night trying to round them up for bedtime.

    Being one of those self righteous vegetarians helps too; the only problem is hangovers. You've got to man it out the hard way (trust me, it sucks).

    Also, I'm quite liking the look of Phil. If he'd like to get in touch to "personally train" me, then I'm down with that.

  54. Awesome. I have three cats and get more than enough exercise chasing them up the street at night trying to round them up for bedtime.
    Being one of those self righteous vegetarians helps too; the only problem is hangovers. You’ve got to man it out the hard way (trust me, it sucks).
    Also, I’m quite liking the look of Phil. If he’d like to get in touch to “personally train” me, then I’m down with that.

  55. when I hit the gym, gotta have the ipod loaded with good anime and audiobooks, I even hook up my video goggles to it so I don't have to strain my eyes on the little screen.

  56. when I hit the gym, gotta have the ipod loaded with good anime and audiobooks, I even hook up my video goggles to it so I don’t have to strain my eyes on the little screen.

  57. I read on the exercise bike all the time. A little sci-fi can go a long way to helping to forget you are exercising! I also like Wii Fit/Wii Sports for the same reason. I challenge myself constantly to get better scores and such. I also swim in the summer and I think walking through snow is a great workout in itself.

  58. I read on the exercise bike all the time. A little sci-fi can go a long way to helping to forget you are exercising! I also like Wii Fit/Wii Sports for the same reason. I challenge myself constantly to get better scores and such. I also swim in the summer and I think walking through snow is a great workout in itself.

  59. muscle is denser/heavier than fat, so yes, if you’re gaining muscle, you may not lose numbers on the scale. that’s not a measure of getting into shape. screw scales, seriously. focus on how you feel and look and how your clothes fit.

  60. Get rid of your car! Seriously – I have to bike or ride the bus or walk everywhere, and it's been the BEST THING I've ever done. Saving me lots of money too. I've lost almost 10 pounds and I eat and drink whatever I want, though I've found I'm not as hungry as I used to be.

    Try starting by giving up your car over one weekend – it's easier than you think. Freeze your keys in ice to help quell the temptation to run out.

    If you're driving to a gym that's less than five miles from your home, ur doin it RONG! If you can do a spin class, you certainly can ride your bike to the gym. If you can jog for miles on a treadmill, you can walk up to the store to get your groceries. You'd be surprised at how many things are within a mile or two of your home/work.

  61. Get rid of your car! Seriously – I have to bike or ride the bus or walk everywhere, and it’s been the BEST THING I’ve ever done. Saving me lots of money too. I’ve lost almost 10 pounds and I eat and drink whatever I want, though I’ve found I’m not as hungry as I used to be.

    Try starting by giving up your car over one weekend – it’s easier than you think. Freeze your keys in ice to help quell the temptation to run out.

    If you’re driving to a gym that’s less than five miles from your home, ur doin it RONG! If you can do a spin class, you certainly can ride your bike to the gym. If you can jog for miles on a treadmill, you can walk up to the store to get your groceries. You’d be surprised at how many things are within a mile or two of your home/work.

    • And you can cycle to work, too. I'm not getting rid of my car, but I'm working towards using it only for journeys when cycling isn't practicable (long distances, monthly groceries, etc). I find I lose weight on weeks when I cycle to work three times in the week or more (18 mile round trip).

      • As I ride my bike to work each morning, I am able to give 9 gas stations the finger as I go along. $3 for gas? Bag that noise. My honey loves the way my legs and tush look since I've started riding. He's even started riding to work twice a week as well. A great upper body workout- kayaking. I fish while kayaking/camping, and just eat what I catch.

        Another added benefit of healthy workout and eating habits- improved sex. Better stamina, more *ahem* intense finishes, among other things.

        I've never been on a diet. I never will. I talk to my doctor, I stay active, I eat well. I enjoy staying fit. If you don't figure out a way to enjoy what you're doing, you will Never stick to it.

  62. Very nice! Think everybody (not only my geeky self:) can benefit from including many people, such as personal trainers, friends, and family, in the plan to become healthier. It gives me a good boost of motivation. But it also helps if I track my foods and nutrition and keep track of the "stats" like you said. I think it helps keep it scientific but rewarding at the same time. I just started using a nutrition tracker called OnTarget Nutrition and it's working good so far!

  63. Make a human size civilization game or what ever other game with your friends, It 's really fun and geeky :) I know you have to have a lot of people but it is really fun + it motivates you to train because you want to run faster and fight harder than everybody else. :)

  64. I suppose I can share some of exercise habits that gives me my needed exercise and also useful in other ways. I said habit since I usually do this on a schedules basis, either daily or weekly. I do my weeding of my food garden for about two hours a day and cleaning the house twice a week. For each task, I make sure that all my body parts works.

    • i had a friend of mine "train" me… it was free, i got a few extra hours with an intelligent and enjoyable friend each week, and im feeling much better already :) i work full time and go to school full time, but making it to the gym a few times each week isnt really too hard as long as i prioritize correctly…

  65. Lifting weights IS the best way to lose body fat and gain shapely muscle. Lift hard and lift it right and take good amount of rest in between. Your talking only having to work out every 4 days trust me this has given me an excellent figure and thats only after a few months I cant imagine what ill look like in a year.

    Also you can eat ALOT more food but just make sure you get some nice healthy carbs / protein and plenty of water fibre.

    There is no other way. Cardio is ok to shape what you have get a bit of tone on the go but I only do it if its fun like basketball / swimming.

    Sleep is very important thats how you lose more body fat and get the muscle growing for men and WOMEN!

  66. Forget fencing and archery. Karate is the way to go! What is better than being able to beat up that guy who called you names in grade school when you see him? Plus, who DOESN'T want to be a ninja?

    • I started a Kenpo Karate class a year ago and lost 30lbs. I've taken the last two months off due to work and school. I think especially after reading all of this I'm heading back tomorrow. I've not put on any weight in those two months (thankfully), but now I'm sad as to how much I might have lost had I gone!

  67. Forget fencing and archery. Karate is the way to go! What is better than being able to beat up that guy who called you names in grade school when you see him? Plus, who DOESN'T want to be a ninja?

  68. I feel that gyms are a waste of time and money, as are personal trainers. Instead, I recommend two activities:
    1) Rock climbing (indoor is fine)
    2) Acrobatics/acrobalance/acroyoga classes

    Why?
    1) They're both social, something that geeks can also use more of. This gets you talking to someone else, so there are more reasons than just burning calories to get you off the couch.
    2) They're both accessible even to out-of-shape geeks. Climb easier routes or stick to easier acro routines, and even someone in moderately bad shape can manage both. (Acro is slightly less friendly to the out-of-shape, but only at the extreme.)
    3) They both use your body weight against you; the more you weigh, the more you have to drag up that wall, or keep balanced.
    4) A nice complement to #1: They're both reasonably gender-balanced, at least here in Boston. That means you might just have to spend more time around the opposite sex.

    –DTVZ

  69. Gardening is an awesome source of exercise…especially if you don't have one yet. The amount of lifting, shoveling, and hauling needed to create a healthy bed is surprising. I try to run/walk two to four miles every other day or so, but I've noticed I've put weight back on since I've been inside more for the winter.

    Plus, it's pretty satisfying to grow your own healthy food.

  70. Just a few things from me, as a person of no particular importance :)

    1) Riding your bicycle to and from work, if you live reasonably close, is a great way to get your body in better shape. Just don't fall off and break your arm like I did last August, and always wear a proper helmet :D

    2) Listen to your body when it sends you signals. The human body is amazingly capable of recognizing what's best for itself and telling the brain about it in no uncertain terms.

    3) Your body is not the same as anyone else's body. Don't compare yourself to other people; being thin is neither the end-all measurement of your health nor is it automatically the most attractive state. Be what you are, or work on being what you want to be, but like the author originally said, none of us are going to be on the cover of a magazine and who wants that anyway? :)

    4) If some little punk gives you crap about your size, just remember you can sit on him/her. Take it from a little guy, you. will. win. that. fight.

  71. One thing that I've found that works for me is dancing Salsa. I go and dance and I don't feel like I've worked out. And since Geeks are Sexy and Dancers make the best lovers, well, I've got the best of both worlds.

  72. Currently taking Karate and looking into other martial arts. Pent up emotions come out against pads and it acts as a release for all my harbored energies. Plus, I now have perfectly sculpted legs.

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