Fitness for Fat Nerds: Group Fun

Generally, I’m all in favor of fitness activities that you can do solo. This is largely personal preference, but I’ve also seen serious motivation problems come out of being too dependent upon other people. It normally goes like this: you and a buddy get a gym membership/make a fitness pact and motivate each other. Eventually ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: To Clip or Not to Clip?

One of the first things you’ll discover about bicycles is that apparently the vocabulary was designed by someone with a sadistic sense of humor who was convinced that life would be better if newbs had no idea what anyone was talking about. Take the saddle bag, for example. I bet you immediately envision those bags ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Just Like Riding a Bike

After all of my talk about running, I actually haven’t been doing much of it in the last month. This is partially because I’m in Houston for the summer – you know, Houston. A city renowned for its cool and balmy summer weather. – and running outside at nearly any time when the sun is ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Close Encounters With Nature

Since I started exercising regularly, I’ve learned a thing or two about our six-legged insect overlords. First, there’s way, way more of them than there are of us, and we should be thankful every day that they’re still susceptible to the business end of a wadded-up tissue. Second, insects really, when you come down to ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Running Quick Start Guide (2)

We’re going to get ever so slightly more advanced here, so if you haven’t read part 1┬átake a look now. Sorry it took me so long to get back to this, my fellow fat nerds. I’m now settled in Houston for the summer (yay, internship) but it’s playing hell with my ability to run because ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: What Not to Wear

Exercise can be rough enough without feeling uncomfortable while you’re doing it. Particularly when you’re getting started, there are enough distractions from the actual exercise without adding uncomfortable clothes into the mix. So that’s rule number one: Be comfortable. You’re not going to do your best if you’re wearing tiny shorts that have dedicated themselves ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Running Quick Start Guide (1)

I’ve done a lot of talking about getting ready to start running, but you know, at some point you have to transition from the state of thinking about something to actually doing it. Procrastinators know this moment well. It can also seem a little daunting, because if your time in high school was anything like ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL

I learned pretty early on in the exercise process that having goals is one of those necessary things, like drinking plenty of water and eating peanut butter straight from the jar. (Just kidding about the last one (mostly).) Anything you can possibly do to help yourself get motivated and stay there is important. For me, ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Ohmygod Shoes!

This is a topic that’s caused a lot of digital ink to be spilled on the internet. A lot. I’m not in this to start up an argument. As always, I’m just going to throw out there what works for me and hope you can gain something useful from it. I will say one thing, ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News

There are several things you need to do before you get started on the whole exercise thing, my fellow fat nerds. Make sure you have good shoes (more on this later). If you’re of the female fat nerd persuasion, get some good sports bras. Invest in a tiny mp3 player if you like music. Things ...