GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.6: What does healthy mean to you?

What does being healthy mean to you? How should we think about it in the big picture of our lives? What are your goals? Delve into the topic with me.

At GeeksnBarbells, we delve into the creative world and how healthy living and mindset can maximize our potential, as well as just geeking out on gaming, anime, books, art, and the world of fitness and nutrition.

Audio Only: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g5mby-d64084

 

Staying healthy when stressful situations arise

There will always be periods of time in your life where your training will take a backseat to some kind of hectic situation that has arisen. It may be something as mundane as a work project, or traveling, or something more serious such as a sickness or death in the family.

At the end of the day what matters is that you do the best you can with what you have. Trying to make big gains in strength, weight loss, mass gain, or any other big energy consuming task while also dealing with a big amount of stress is not ideal. At that point going into a recovery and maintenance mode is the best plan.

Figure out the minimum amount of training you can do to keep yourself healthy, maintain your muscle mass or weight loss/gain, and do everything you can to keep the status quo. If 30 minutes twice a week is all you can manage, well what is the best use of those 30 minutes?

If you do not have time to make good quality home cooked meals, well then what foods can you stock up on that are quick and easy to consume that are also as nutrient dense and will create the least havoc and fat gain?

There is always a better way to deal with a situation. The worse a situation becomes then the more you need to takeĀ  better care of yourself so that you will be able to handle whatever gets thrown at you.

Ask for help, reach out to friends and family, or even online, where many people have probably gone through what you have and are more than willing to support you.

Remember that you have what it takes to make any kind of difficult situation better, and that people are out there to help. Don’t be a lone wolf, or let yourself succumb to misery. Be kind to yourself, but remember that taking good care of yourself even in the worst case scenarios is a kindness to yourself.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

What kind of beast do you wish to be?

How do you define being physically prepared? is it having big muscles, a ton of endurance, the ability to jump around like a squirrel?

In our modern lives, we have the unique ability to choose what kind of level of strength, speed, endurance, and acrobatic skill we wish to have.

What is your goals? what interests you? what inspires you?

Focus on these questions, figure out what you feel will benefit you in your personal life, in all aspects, whether it is your work, your hobbies; whether physical or intellectual, and your family/friend life, what kind of training will most benefit all these parts of your life.

Training should benefit your whole being, not just break you down or hit some random criteria you read on the internet.

What kind of beast do you wish to be?

Figure it out, and get it done.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly free.

Should you trust most health information?

After years and years of reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos, reading studies, I have come to the logical conclusion that most nutrition and fitness advice is garbage.

Now having said that, that does not mean that there aren’t inferences you can make from the myriad information floating around online and in books in regards to health and exercise modalities, but that there is so much complexity to the fields that most of us, being untrained in the science itself, especially in statistics, which is used so much and in such an imperfect way to justify most of the advice given these days, that to simply read or hear something online and take it as gospel is the epitome of foolishness.

Most of the things we find out online will never be applicable to every human being on this planet, especially not at all times.

We are all so different, with such vastly different backgrounds, genetics, and lives that to say one way of eating or training is ideal for your whole life would be madness.

There are some general principals that seem to hold up across all the differing science, and they are so laughably simple that we never should have had to study them in the first place.

Move a lot, relax a lot, eat enough food, don’t over eat, enjoy yourself while being alone, enjoy yourself with someone else or many people, don’t stress out, do stuff that challenges you, look at stuff you find beautiful, sleep as well as you can.

Almost all that advice which can be found universally throughout all the literature on health, is some pretty basic logic we have known about for thousands of years.

Oh, and none of it involves freaking out about what food you have eaten or how much time you spent in the gym.

Just explore your body, fuel it, and have a fun life. All the minutiae, all the little details, that stuff is the 20% that only applies to you at a specific point in your life, and should be focused on last, after getting the normal shit together.

This is not to downplay how sick people can get if they happen to have an allergy or a severe nutrient deficiency or hormonal imbalance, but so many people become hyperfocused on those small details that they forget the more basic things that many times will fix up those other issues as a secondary effect.

Don’t get lost in all the bullshit marketing and scare tactics used online to sell you a diet or pill, just explore and try new things and see you feel and perform, and don’t become addicted to one way of doing things, because life is about growth and change, not stagnation and the magical one way of doing things.

Remember, stay health and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.43

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 12th, 2020

Sometimes we need to motivate the little child living inside ourselves to do better. It is so much easier to simply laze around, watch shows and eat junk food and just do everything possible to create almost coma like conditions.

I came across a fun habit and to do list tracking app today called habitica. It basically turns habit building and getting stuff done into a cute rpg style game. You level up, get pets and mounts, can party up with friends and defeat bosses by completing your tasks, and overall just turns the mundane into something fun to look forward to.

Stuff like this just makes my inner geek come soaring out, and lights up my little joy meter quite a bit.

For anyone looking to gamify their lives a little, I would recommend checking it out.

Remember folks, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.