Tagged fitness

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...

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...

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...
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