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.

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...

Food Shame, the Holidays, and You: How to Foster Compassion This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time for coming together with loved ones, but they can also be an uncomfortable time full of shame and doubt. While shared meals can bring people together, they can sometimes be the fuel that drives them apart. If the practice in your family gatherings in the past has been centered around food shame, you don’t need to keep that going. If you’ve decided that this behavior no longer serves you, you can change...

Care of Magical Creatures (Yes, That’s You)

We are all magical creatures, but unfortunately we don’t have Hagrid to care for us and know just what we need to keep us healthy and happy. I certainly could have used him recently, though. Last month was my first trip to New York Comic Con, and it took much longer to bounce back than I anticipated. It was a grueling weekend with YogaQuest appearing each day to teach yoga and putting in an additional appearance for a discussion...

Superheroes Lift and So Can You! A Beginner’s Guide to Lifting Weights Properly and Safely

Pursuing my education has been an incredible journey as I learn about fitness, exercise and nutrition. Weight lifting is easily my favorite type of exercise and building muscle tissue has magnificent health benefits. Talking with friends and family, I uncovered one gigantic reason why weight lifting is often overlooked, and that is intimidation. The intimidation of weight lifting is enough to scare anyone from lifting weights, and it’s something I personally sympathize with. To enter the gym and see...

The Gym Is a Lie

One of the most rewarding parts of traveling to conventions to teach YogaQuest classes is seeing geeks moving their bodies and having a great time doing it. I am so grateful when attendees come up to thank us and say that they didn’t realize they could engage in self-care and still have fun. I love yoga, but I recognize that it’s not everybody’s idea of a good time. Lately, I’ve had folks asking about how else they can incorporate...

The Ultimate Doctor Who Workout Guide

This summer, I find myself slacking on maintaining a workout routine. My basic excuses include wanting to be outside, going through my video-game backlog, and reading through my favorite comics. After attending CONsole Room at the end of May, I thought about how fun it would be to incorporate the Doctor into my exercise routine—and when the Doctor became my new workout friend, I began looking forward to going to the gym, and it created excitement for being active....

Bend, So CON Doesn’t Break You!

Conventions are exhausting, and they can be rough on your body. There is so much standing and walking and sitting, and let’s not forget schlepping. By the end of the day, most of us are feeling pretty swollen and achey. I’ve talked about some general health tips for cons before, but this time I’ll go into more depth and discuss some simple yoga poses you can do to prep for the day, relieve some minor discomfort during the day,...

This Convention Season, Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!

Hooray, it’s convention season! . . . Boo, I’m going to be exhausted and probably sick. As a wellness professional, my main concern is for everyone’s health and well-being during con season. Here are some ways to make your self-care a priority while still getting the most out of your convention experience. You may have heard some of these before, and some might be new to you. 1. Carry a Water Bottle (and Drink from It Often) You’ve heard...

The “Bad Genes” Trap: Genetics, Fitness, and Overcoming Excuses

We all know the song and dance of “bad genes.” Most of us can sing a few bars—I know I can. Bad genes gave me bone spurs on my shoulders. Bad genes gave me bad teeth. Bad genes gave me a left dominant artery system around my heart. Bad genes are why I am the way I am, and bad genes are why I don’t even try. Here’s where I get in trouble. To me, “bad genes” sounds like the old idea of being “big...

Superheroes aren’t Mindful Eaters, but maybe you Should be.

Who are our role models as geeks? Often they’re people (or creatures) with extraordinary powers and gifts who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Caring for their own health and well-being is likely not high on their list of priorities. So, what messages are our heroes sending us about how to nourish our bodies? If we look honestly at most of our favorite heroes, they aren’t very mindful eaters. Whether due to lack of resources (all we have is lembas...
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