A while back, mutley had discussed his lack of fitness and his poor lifestyle choices as a young geek. I stumbled across his old post today, and thought it was quite relevant even now:
I would consider myself as living somewhat of a ‘geek lifestyle’ in that I’m indoors a lot and on the computer or on the console. It is something I want to change, however. I want to get a bit healthier, so I’m improving my diet by eating healthier and trying to cut my calorie intake.
It isn’t easy to do with this lifestyle. I’ve bought a treadmill and I’m doing a short amount on it each day on an incline to burn some extra calories and to ease my way into exercising.
What I want to know is how you stay healthy and in shape when living a lifestyle that largely revolves around physical inactivity? Are there any tips you can share on how to shed some weight or maintain your weight without having to sacrifice the lifestyle you enjoy, at least to a point?
I get you. Boy, oh, boy do I get where you’re coming from. Most of my time is spent being sedentary, also. In the past, I’ve made the effort to exercise daily. Sadly, I tend to only do this after I’ve packed on a few pounds and want to get rid of them.
What can we do differently? I may not always practice what I preach, but I do know what I should be doing.
Change your snack habits when you’re at the computer/console. Don’t reach for a sugary soda and a bag of chips. Before sitting down at your desk for the day, grab some healthier alternatives. Pick up fruits and veggies, low-fat pretzels, and even trail mix — anything that is healthier and will satisfy your need to munch your way through the day.
Set an alarm to remind you to take frequent breaks. Get up and do something. Go outside and walk/jog around the block. Too cold or wet? Stay in and take a few trips up and down the stairs. Stretch. Take your tablet or phone to a treadmill and walk your way through the day’s geeky news or your favorite vlogs. *cough* *cough*
The key is to balance your sedentary lifestyle with a bit more action and healthier food choices. Don’t do anything drastic — especially without talking to your doctor. You simply need to move that body to burn some calories and keep your body as fit as it can be. Even people who are overweight can be fit and healthy — trust me. Do some research if you don’t believe me. Keep your heart healthy, your blood pressure in check, and don’t overload your body with sugar.
Remember: I’m not a doctor! I’m just a geek who spends too much time behind a screen — just like you!
For some great fitness tips, check out what my brother Ben is up to on YouTube!