Nerds Unite and Stay in Shape!

Fit and I are considered “interesting” individuals because we are a mix of very physically active and extremely nerdy. Somehow, we find a way to balance everything and although we aren’t quite as fit and don’t have as much time to play video games as we want, we still get the best of both worlds. Sometimes it is difficult to balance busy lives, and sometimes there isn’t motivation to do something that you don’t want to do but we are always stressing to individuals to stay healthy and active.

You don’t need to be a professional athlete, bodybuilder, or martial artist to be healthy and active. You need to maintain a healthy ratio of lean muscle mass and body fat, eat nutritional and wholesome foods, stay hydrated and well-rested, maintain proper hygiene and be able to control your own body. Absolute strength is your total power output, but relative strength is your strength to weight ratio and your ability to handle your body. I am proposing that everyone, even those nerdy people that love to sit down for hours and play MMORPGs (we would love to do this when we have time), try to achieve what I consider a healthy and active lifestyle and here’s a few steps of how we can do that.

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1. Eat healthier! I know that Red Bulls, Mega Monsters, and Mountain Dew are great ways to keep you awake through your dungeon raids but they are nutritional black holes! Consider other electrolyte heavy drinks such as Gatorade, Powerade, Smart Water, Vitamin Water,Β or even some supplements to keep your energy levels more naturally high. I logged 72 straight hours of Final Fantasy XII the night that it was released and I didn’t have one energy drink or sip of soda the whole time. My good health helped me stay energized and if you can increase your endurance and conditioning it could help with long nights of playing.

Captain American: Master Chef

Captain American: Master Chef

2. Exercise! Working out helps us increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, create definition in our muscles, increase our metabolism and more. You don’t need to buy expensive clothes, equipment or memberships to work out. If you’re reading hundreds of issues of manga or comics at a time like I do, try to set goals. Every week when my new manga are released I blaze through them in minutes. After waiting a week and sometimes more! Make the volume last a little longer by doing 10 pushups and 20 crunches after every few pages. Set goals for yourself. Try to do body weight exercises such as pushups, variations of pushups, crunches, abdominal and core exercises, planks and more every few pages. If you’re playing a video game, set requirements for every time you level your character up or beat a major boss. These little things can make a big difference.

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Planking--keep it tight!

Planking–keep it tight!

3. Sleep enough! I am not asking you to sleep 10 hours a night. Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep or quality rest every 24 hours. Really try to get 7 hours and push yourself to get 8 on the weekends if you can. Your body needs to rest and recover to continue operating at a functional level. If I tried playing a hard platform sequence in Ninja Gaiden while I was exhausted, then I would have no hope. If I’m playing Settlers of Catan and can’t think straight because my brain is trying to sleep, I won’t be able to compete against my opponents if they’re well-rested.

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I am speaking out of experience and trying to help my fellow nerds. And please do not take offense to the term nerd. You could be a console gamer, PC gamer, manga fan, anime fan, comic book fan, RPG fan or any other person who enjoys these types of fun activities. We enjoy all of them and are proud of it. So if any of this relates to you, if you think that you could better your diet, exercise, and sleep then please consider some of our suggestions. If you are really interested in turning your life around contact us for our help because that is what we love to do. We want everyone to stay nerdy while being hungry and fit!

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Hungry and Fit! Our pose

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26 Responses to "Nerds Unite and Stay in Shape!"

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  1. jenereesa

    June 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I’m a nerd (and Nerdfighter!) and love this post! Dude is more of a nerd in the traditional sense of the word but we both hold our own. But nerd healthiness is very important! πŸ™‚

  2. Fallyn

    June 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I’m definitely one to sit on my rump for way too many hours at a time…sometimes fitting into the general stereotype of what people think of as gamers but high time I started taking my health a bit more seriously…I’m not a teenager anymore afterall. Thanks for sharing a few tips to help turn things around.

    • hungryandfit

      June 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Absolutely! Power to you!

  3. jsresults

    June 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome Post!

  4. My Tropical Home

    June 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

    This nerd-in-training is going to run 3k next month. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your week, Mary.

  5. addosh

    June 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Good work nerds!!! And I mean that with the utmost respect πŸ˜€

  6. One Fit Mama

    June 7, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Not so much a need but definitely a
    Geek – keep it up!

  7. genext13

    June 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Love your site! You guys rock! I just wish I could find a tech shirt with the Flash logo on it. I look forward to reading more!

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  9. "Z"

    June 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    love the aprons! Cute couple <3

  10. zaiure

    June 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Love this post. πŸ™‚ So many opportunities to get exercises in while playing games!

  11. jemurr

    June 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This is a great post. I’d like to reblog this if you don’t mind. I’m a life long comic book nerd who kind of found his inner jock during his thirties. There’s always been that gap between nerd lifestyles and living healthy and that gap exists for various reasons, but it freaks me out to see how unhealthy people get. Big respect for breaking the stereotype and I hope more follow suit.

    • hungryandfit

      June 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you!!

      • jemurr

        July 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        No problem. I just reblogged this as well as posted it to my facebook. BTW feel to check out some of my links via my gravatar. I have a few writing projects you might like. Best wishes.

      • hungryandfit

        July 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Thank you! And we will

  12. jemurr

    July 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Hard Coal Studios Blog and commented:
    Much respect to these two who are into nerd stuff but also stay in shape. As someone who kind of found their inner jock in his thirties I appreciate this. Being a nerd does not have to equal being unhealthy.

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