Working out is tough. Sticking to a schedule is tougher. Dieting? That’s the worst. I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time policing my diet. I know what to eat, and I know how to cook, but sometimes, I’m hungry, and there’s a whole box of vanilla wafers and a bowl of leftover Funfetti Dip. Fair warning, you may not want to click that if you’re on a diet.
I started at level 3, and I am now level 4. Level 5 seems far away, but I’m gaining on it fast. I’m really keen on the idea of making this whole site into a resource for a tabletop roleplaying game, where you can play as yourself, but you can only level up outside of the game. It would be a great way to meet workout partners or just motivate your favorite group of pasty, noodly nerds into becoming competitively healthy. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of my RPG-playing friends as gym partners in the past, and I have to say that I much prefer having them at the gym with me to going it alone.
I Hate Running
Do you hate doing Cardio? I sure do. One, it’s hard. Two, it’s extremely repetitive. Three, it seems to last forever. At least, that’s the kind of Cardio I’m used to. There has to be a better way to burn fat, right? Great news! There is.
Isn’t Cardio Better for Me?
For you? Nah, man. You need both! Cardio is just part of the equation. Any good exercise program should include Resistance Training. Whether lifting weights, using resistance bands, or finding new ways to injure yourself on a Bowflex, increasing muscle mass has a substantive effect on your overall fitness. Sure, some people can go overboard, unable to scratch their heads or change their shirts without help. Too often, however, it is discounted in favor of a cardio-centric plan.
Where to Start
Initially, I will be focusing on Physical Fitness in regards to raising my level. Like any kind of training, it should be consistent and change only incrementally as I improve. There should never be a point when you’re using an exercise for training, but you don’t consider it to be a challenge.
Why You Should Care.
The most crucial component of setting a goal is understanding your current state. If life is an RPG that I’m going to play, I need to know my current attributes. Does this game mechanic have a real life analog? If it does, can it be tracked with any amount of objectivity?