health

Geek Jitsu – You will fail, but that’s okay

Not a really motivating title, right? After talking you through a change in diet, more physical exercise and focusing on your inner will, I’m telling you now that you will fail? “Chin, what’s up with that?” I can hear you ask. Well, I’m telling you what’s up with that. I’m telling you the truth: you WILL fail. It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, it will all come crashing down on you.

And that’s entirely alright. Why? Well, read on…

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Geek Jitsu – Achievement unlocked!

1000x500px-LL-95e55f63_achievement-unlocked-become-president-barack-obamaWorking hard isn’t all that amusing. Working hard without any reward whatsoever is just plain ridiculous. I mean, sure, the satisfaction of knowing you did a good job is a reward in itself, but additional positive reinforcement is what makes us tick. The video game industry found out about that, and since that day, every game has “dem cheevo’s”: little pop-ups that inform you about the fact that you just did something wicked. Well, at least some of those do that. These days, most of them give you a pat on the shoulder for just moving two steps forward. Sigh…

Anyway, this week’s Geek Jitsu is not about how modern-day games have turned achievements into nothing but annoying bleeps. Today, we’ll talk about creating your own achievements to hunt after while getting all healthy, and why rewarding yourself is so important!

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Geek Jitsu – The will for willpower

“Green Lantern Corps Poster” by Heartattackjack

It’s Wednesday once again, and you know what that means! Indeed, it’s time for another installment of Geek Jitsu, where I teach my readers the art of staying healthy while staying geeky. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss the thing that will keep you going during your drastic change of lifestyle. No, that’s not the protein shakes you’ll be popping or the pictures you will be taking of your ever-shrinking belly, but the same thing that gives Hal Jordan his superpowers: willpower (forget about the damn ring, it’s all a matter of wanting to shoot green beams of power)!

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Geek Jitsu – Fun with food

“The fruit Basket” by frowzivitch

Welcome to the second installment of Geek Jitsu, where you’ll learn the art of living healthy as a geek! Today, I’ll give you an introduction in the secrets of food, and how to master the ways of healthy eating! There’s time to have a snack later, so let’s dive right in!

Many people are under the false impression that losing weight involves eating less. From my own experience, I can tell you that that is simply not true. In most cases, losing weight starts with eating different. Our geeky lifestyles got us used to a rather one-sided way of approaching food. We want something that is easy to make, that can be consumed behind our desks, and that tastes great. This often leaves us with different kinds of junk/fastfood, packed with all the things that clog our veins and make our hearts strike. Thus, the first thing to do when you want to live healthy, is to re-think your eating behaviour. In order to do this, we must analyze two things: the food we eat and when we eat it.

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Geek Jitsu – the FEW essentials of a healthy lifestyle

“Yoga Flame” by Sarah R. Straub

It’s Wednesday, and that means another installment of Geek Jitsu. Last time, I talked about my own way to living healthier, and today, I want to get you started with the bare necessities of living healthy. It’s just a FEW guidelines, and if you read on, you’ll understand why I wrote that in all capitals.

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Geek Jitsu – how I became a healthy nerd

Welcome to the first installment of Geek Jitsu, the column on this blog about keeping yourself healthy and fit while living your dice-rolling, mouse-clicking geeky lifestyle. In this column, which will be published every Wednesday, I will do my best to share my knowledge about healthy living with you.

Before we get started, I want to make one thing very clear: I am not an educated health specialist. I do not have a single degree in biology, anatomy, healthcare, dietetics or any other related topic. The knowledge that I’ll share with you in this column comes from my own experience and from what people and literature has told me. Talking about experience, why don’t I start with telling you about my own path so far.

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My gaming 2012 and a look into the future

While the teenagers from my neighbourhood are busy blowing everything up with fireworks,  I sit inside my apartment and ponder about what a great year 2012 was. I achieved my bachelor’s degree, immediately found a job and met a totally fantastic girl. I’m physically healthier than ever before, and more confident than I was ever in my life. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but 2012 was pretty much my year.

Personal achievements were not the only thing that made 2012 glorious. From a gaming point of view, the past year has been freaking fantastic as well. In this post, I want to honour digital and tabletop titles that made my year.

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