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.

Dungeons & Workouts Mixes Fitness Science with a Fun D&D Twist

There are many similarities between D&D and fitness I never considered until recently. When I exercise, I am “leveling up” my body, whether it’s through strength training, aerobics, or holding a yoga pose for an extended period of time. D&D allows me to level up my character and survive the upcoming campaign. I already wrote about the Minnesota-based D&D playbook D20 Athletics, but there’s another option, too: the 250-page Dungeons & Workouts: From Weak and Meek to Buff and Tough, a jam-packed...

Minnesota RollerGirls Kick Off the Season with Planet of the Skates

We are in October, which means it was time to return to the hallowed and legendary halls of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium for the Minnesota RollerGirls season-opening mini tournament on October 13, 2018! For this bout, Sugar BEATdown’s husband, Swedish Meatbrawl, takes over as track maintenance engineer Wet Spot 3.0, as 2.0 takes a welcome vacation. Welcome to the track, Wet Spot 3.0! Where there might be an ambiguity, “bout” refers to the event as a whole, “game” to...

8 Great Hiking Locations to Hit Up in the Twin Cities and Beyond

Fall is officially upon us, Minnesota! And while a lot of us can get lost in the back-to-school grind or our excitement for Halloween, we’ve got to remember to enjoy these last days of warmer weather. Soon enough, the state we know and love will become an icy tundra where even the cutest infinity scarf can’t protect you from frostbite on your cheeks. Don’t have a cabin to escape to on the weekends? No worries—our fair Twin Cities metro...

Level Up Your Health with Minnesota’s D20 Athletics

One challenge with any exercise routine is not becoming bored. Boredom is one way to quickly sink motivation for exercising weekly, and I recently learned about one locally created option for fighting it. Minnesota personal trainer Rob Finlayson has created the D&D-inspired D20 Athletics, an online personal training system (with options for in-person sessions) that’s affordable, flexible, and geeky. Combining D&D with exercise is such a great idea, and I was automatically interested in trying it out. Finlayson is a self-proclaimed...

8 Ways to Fight Anxiety, Geek Style

There are many articles out there about self-care, and they all have a different spin. Some talk about bath bombs and muffins. Others talk about medical appointments and paying the bills. I thought I would try my hand at writing one that suits my personality—so here is my guide to geeky self-care. I’ll tell you what works for me, and maybe some if it will translate into something you can use for yourself. A little about me. I have...

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...
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