MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU
Strangely this is going to be like the only non Star Wars post for this week. Tomorrow I will be posting some Jedi Trials level trivia. Wednesday we will have a Star Wars game review, Thursday will be doing a review of the final season of The Clone Wars, since it ends today. Note there will be spoilers. And then Friday we are going to do some Star Wars themed food and drinks for a weekend binge party of games or movies or tv shows. So that is my schedule, and I will be sticking to it.
Motivational Monday – C25K
I created Motivational Mondays originally because I am always looking for self improvement, and I am under the illusion that I am not so abnormal that there might not be others in the same boat. But like many people, I hate the constant pyramid scheme, fad diet, snake oil slam in the face that is Facebook and Twitter most days. So you are not going to be finding any buy this as your selling starter kit, or invest in this stock, or let’s do Atkin’s for the 5th time. Disclaimer now aside, I want to talk about beer bellies.
Mainly, I want to talk about how you can drink more beer, while looking less like this. Quarantine has sucked for a lot of us. We are locked inside, we are bored, and there are only so many more times we can take opening the fridge to reveal we have eaten all the good food and the only thing left is that asparagus our wives forced us to buy. So how, how do we avoid not weighing 400 lbs while doing our daily duty to buy more delicious beer from Books & Brews? Welllllllll, according to science our bodies work on a budget, if we spend more calories than we take in we typically lose weight. If we take in more than we use, we get fat. There is obviously a lot more to it than that, but getting in shape, note happy Buddha is not the shape we are going for, can help you live longer, have more energy, reduce dependency on caffeinated beverages, and most importantly drink more beer.
But Nathan, all the gyms are closed, and on top of that I haven’t exercised since high school when we experimented with that Oiuja board. Okay, first that is exorcise, and that might be part of your problem. Second, it’s okay this is a lot cheaper and more accessible than the gym. And, shhh, (it will get you out of the prison… I mean house).
Let me introduce you to C25K. It stands for Couch to 5k. The goal is for you to go from being a couch potato to being able to run a 5K (3.1 miles for those of you who can’t or wont use metric). And what it is, is an incremental training program. Incremental training is a way of starting yourself off slow and then increasing the strain in a more controlled way as your body gets used to it. For those of you who have tried to get in shape in the past, there are a lot of workout programs out there that try to break you at the start with a workload that your body can’t take. This does two things. First, it makes you throw your hands up and quit, and second is that it can cause serious damage to your muscle. That’s right, some workout programs can actually make you weaker or more injury prone if you stick with them.
Incremental training starts out low so you aren’t overwhelmed and don’t want to quit. It can also help reduce the risk of injuring yourself. The program asks you to run 3 times a week. Now, I am not horribly obese, but even that sounded daunting to me. But it wasn’t bad. The runs start out short and build as you do. There are no minimum distances or speeds you have to reach. It simply tells you jog/run for 60 seconds. Then it tells you to stop and walk, before repeating the process again. Each workout is about 30 minutes long. Which is nice if you are a super busy person. I am on week four starting today and running about 3 miles each time I go at this point. Four weeks ago I could barely manage a mile and a half. So the results on your fitness are real.
The app can be found in both the Google Play store as well as the Apple App store. Like I said it is free. What have you got to lose, except you know weight. I will admit my introducing you to this app is self serving. When this madness is over I am wanting to do either an official or unofficial BNB5K, where we all start the run and then end at a Books & Brews location for an excellent reward, and I need people to run with me. Otherwise it isn’t a race; it’s just a normal Saturday. Let me know in the comments if you will join me on the quest and if you are interested in a BNB5K. Also want to thank my wife, who is a certified occupational therapist, for providing all thThe app can be found in both the Google Play store, as well as the Apple App store. Like I said it is free. What have you got to lose, except you know weight. I will admit my introducing you to this app is self serving. When this madness is over I am wanting to do either an official or unofficial BNB5K, where we all start the run and then end at a Books & Brews location for an excellent reward, and I need people to run with me. Otherwise it isn’t a race; it’s just a normal Saturday. Let me know in the comments if you will join me on the quest and if you are interested in a BNB5K. Also want to thank my wife, who has a background in the exercise and health sciences, for explaining all this information to me, because basic high school health classes as we all know are worthless.