The Fit Geek

As geeks, our keen interests in media, books, games, and computers can easily lead us down the path of a sedentary lifestyle and poor fitness habits. The Fit Geek is here to help you integrate fitness into your geeky lifestyle so you can live a fuller, healthier, and longer life.

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

Pledge to Bike in April with 30 Days of Biking

Given that I’m someone who attends weekly cycling classes in the winter and bikes various trails with my navy-blue mountain bike in the summer, you could definitely say biking is a hobby of mine. Biking is also a hobby for Patrick Stephenson, the Twin Cities bike enthusiast behind 30 Days of Biking. Patrick got into biking in 2009, riding a single-speed Surly Steamroller to work most days of the week. About a year in, he felt in tune with...

Fitness and Science Unite in Sportsology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

The Fit Geek is my home base at Twin Cities Geek because I can combine my health interests with my geeky personality. Christina Martinez, the manager of programs and special events at the Science Museum of Minnesota, is a reader of the Fit Geek section, and a couple weeks ago she contacted me to see if I would like to review and participate in the new exhibit at the museum. In Sportsology, Minnesotans can race down to learn about anatomy, physiology, and...

A Geek’s Guide for Sleep and Fulfilling Emotional Health

Health is a broad, umbrella term with different categories besides just physical health. As an exercise-science major, I address physical health frequently, but that’s not the only component of health that should be on your radar. Emotional health—your sense of well-being and your ability to take on life’s challenges—is important too, and sleep is one positive way to increase or maintain emotional health. As Harvard Health notes, insomnia can disrupt emotional regulation, which in turn wrecks havoc on symptoms...

Celebrate the Magical Healing Powers of Coffee on National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day! September 29th is one of my favorite days because I can celebrate my daily routine of drinking a cup of my black coffee. Coffee provides regularity to all of my mornings and gives me that extra boost of energy I feel I need to complete my daily workload. (Plus, can I just say how many awesome mugs there are out there? My favorite is my Van Gogh TARDIS mug—it’s so beautiful.) Since working as a barista, I’ve...

Nerd Fitness Is an Easy Resource for Leveling Up Your Life

The gym isn’t always a safe place. I recognize this even though I want to be a personal trainer and work in a gym setting. My ultimate goal is to help people overcome the intimidation and make people feel comfortable to work out, but I can respect that gyms can be places where some people, and geeks in particular, might not feel respected. If that’s something you’ve felt, I’d like to introduce you to something I clicked upon while...

Pokémon Meets Tamagotchi in the Wokamon Fitness App

One childhood toy I cherished was Tamagotchi. I loved the idea of taking care of a little creature even if it wasn’t an actual pet. Besides Tamagotchi, I was a huge fan of Pokémon and Digimon. Agumon was easily my favorite, and I still have Digimon action figures around my house. And now, I’m happy to say that I uncovered a fitness app that reminds me of Pokémon, Digimon, and Tamagotchi: Wokamon. It doesn’t have as much customization as I would like, but it’s an entertaining...

Geeky Fitness Accessories to Kick-Start Healthy Habits

No matter what anyone tells you, it’s completely possible to be a fit geek. Yesterday, I walked into the gym wearing Hogwarts socks (with my Nike sneakers), wearing my Doctor Who tank top, and carrying my matching Tardis water bottle. I was 100% ready to tackle my workout because I felt like my most confident self in my geeky apparel. (Combining fandoms with my exercise gear also encourages other geeks to strike up a conversation.) I recommend these items for any...

What If It Isn’t a Happy Holiday? 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Season

There is currently the yearly battle over whether it’s appropriate to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” raging. But it seems like there’s a part of the narrative that we’re missing: what if, for you, this time of year is neither merry nor happy? What if this time of year brings about an acute sadness or exacerbates an already down mood? There are so many reasons that a person might feel sad this time of year. As with anything...

Everyone Is a Superhero! The Importance of Body Positivity

This week I watched the latest episode of Arrow while eating a piece of red velvet cheesecake. The cheesecake was amazing, by the way, but one feeling kept nagging at me: the wish that my body looked as muscular and toned as the Black Canary. I do realize that as soon as thoughts like these come to mind, I need to force them out. I should be thankful that my body is healthy no matter its appearance. But insecurities will never...
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