How valuable is your time? Would you rather get a great work out in to rush back home to slay some dragons? Or would you prefer to spend 2 hours in a gym to notice that your FUPA hasn’t gone away at the end of the month? The last thing you want to do when you enter any fitness facility is wander aimlessly. Have you ever played an open world game without looking at your map or quest log? I bet it would be most difficult to find where you need to go with out opening the quest log and marking the location of the quest. Just like the aforementioned quests, one of the worst things you can do is put in hours upon hours of work just to follow a road that won’t lead you to your quest/goals. In short, there are many type of goals under the health and fitness umbrella, just like there are also various appropriate ways of reaching those goals. Lets say you want to get ripped or throw some size on your sorry excuse for calves, would you put in 30 minutes a day/5 times a week/ for 3 months running long distances on a treadmill? No, you literally just wasted your time doing something totally different. It's the equivalent of putting a Xbox game in a PS4 (I don’t need you mod nerds to question this), it just won’t work. This post will touch on how to pick a goal. Training specificity is for another post.
Why should I care? Why am I doing this? Those are both excellent questions when approaching your personal health. This is putting appearance aside, that will be covered in another Geek Fitness post. I'm sure there are many things we all strive to live for, like I personally want be alive to see as many new Star Wars movies as I can. So the question should be: how do I improve my quality of life? We can’t all be some mythological creature that lives centuries, but what we can do is improve our health through exercise and nutrition. Oh, and let me tell you that exercise comes at the amazing price of…… FREE! Nutrition itself, contrary to popular belief, is quite inexpensive if properly applied. I can tell you right now, from personal experience, if you’re sitting on your ass playing immersive RPGs, you are not improving your quality of life. No matter how ripped or well endowed you make your character to be, that character running and swinging 20 pound swords is not you. Now unlike most fitness professionals, I’m not going to tell you to put the controller down and go run, the point is to balance life and still do the geeky crap we all like to do. I know I myself have been dragged into a particular MMORPG for 8 hours and still kept my heart from committing ritualist suicide. Again, I will never stop playing video games, but I also want to be alive to keep enjoying these games that help me escape from an otherwise powerless reality.