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 take  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!

Fitness War Stupidity

For many years now, the interwebz have been host to war. A war between the different camps of fitness.

Whether its the functional movement folks, the bodybuilders, the athletes, the list goes on and on as to how many groups want to exclaim how much better their form of training is compared to others.

At the end of the day though, all that matters is that you enjoy what you do.

Sure, training might be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it’s the consistency that matters. And to be consistent you need to enjoy what you’re doing to one degree or another.
Now it may be that the enjoyment you pull from your training has nothing to do with the actual training you’re doing at the moment, but more so the effect you know that training is going to have on other aspects of your life. Maybe working out will make you better at playing soccer every Wednesday with your buddies, or maybe you love taking 4-hour hikes up mountainsides and meditating while looking over the world. For those online geeks and workers such as myself, training your body will help keep your mind sharp and help you stay healthy and looking great when hours of hunched over computer work and gaming tries to scrunch you up into an Igor looking figure.

Whatever your reasons, training can be of huge benefit to pretty much any endeavor you hope to embark on.  Ideally, finding simple pleasure in moving your body as nature intended, exploring every nook and cranny of this meat bag that we inhabit would bring everyone the joy they required to move around. But many don’t find this reasoning attractive, so focusing on the others is best, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few who simply love to move.

Remember that there is no end to training your body, just as there is no end to training your mind. There is always more to learn, more to explore, more to do. That is what makes life so exciting, its all magic.

Being able to think, and move and dance and lift and go crazy is a gift we all take for granted daily, so learn to appreciate it a bit more and treat your body with the respect it deserves.

Otherwise, it’ll kick your ass to the curb when you need it most.

Little Joys Ch.22

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!

January 22nd, 2020

Human beings are a wonder to behold.

Not a day goes by that I don’t witness someone doing or saying something weird or hilarious. Even moments of violence can be wondrous, if only to remind us of the frailty of our lives and how precious this all is.

As I lazed along the beach yesterday, a young woman was doing the most interesting contortions, leaning backwards until her face was level with her feet. Now I have had the pleasure of going to shows such as cirque du soleil, so contortion-ism of this level is not new to me, but that does not stop it from being a delight to witness each and every time.

For some, this level of flexibility is a birth right, but for many others it requires years of dedicated hard work and grinding. Regardless of which category she fell into, it was just plain awesome to see someone touch their face to their feet.

Humans are cool.

Sometimes.

 

Little Joys Ch.8

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!

When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them — as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon — I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago.

-Henri David Thoreau 

One of the most undervalued skills you can have to improve your overall health is the ability to take long walks for no reason whatsoever.

There are numerous benefits to walking that have been studied. Improvements in blood glucose control, hormone regulation, increases in your cardiovascular system, mood improvement, the moving of your lymphatic system to flush out toxins and a host of others, it goes on and on.

Travelling through Asia these last few months I have seen a general lack of appreciation for the art of the walk, everyone seems to be obsessed with using their scooters to get around. Due to this congestion, taking walks becomes difficult to accomplish even when you want to unless you’re in a good location.

I was able to take two long walks down along the water today and it felt glorious. Seeing the sun and the moon glint off the water, the sway of the trees, that serenity that comes when you are simply moving for movement’s sake. I immediately began to think of how to continue the next chapter in the novel I am writing, something I have been stuck on now for a week.

Walking frees the mind to wander, and in that wandering, you almost inevitably come face to face with the creative spirit we all hold inside ourselves.

I shall name mine Wilson.

Everyone say hello to Wilson, he is shy but is quite playful once you get to know him.

Wilson and I will be working hard together to post more and be awesome, wish us luck.