Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 1, 2014 – “DDOP Day 2: Exercise”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, August 1, 2014.

In this episode, I talk about a thing I like: exercise. I talk a little about the jock/nerd dichotomy and how I think that isn’t really a thing; the sports I like and why I love working out.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

3 thoughts on “Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 1, 2014 – “DDOP Day 2: Exercise””

  1. Chris C. says:

    Congrats Dave on the renewed exercise regimen. Over the years I’ve been hearing you go up and down on it, so I hope you’ll latch onto something for the long-term this time.

    For me, the absolutely critical part is figuring out how to fit it into my day — like you said, an hour at lunchtime or whatever. I haven’t done much overt exercise for my entire life, but in recent years realized I needed to actively do something to keep my health up as I age.

    My workplace has a huge gym, taking the travel logistics out of the way, and circa 2006 I start going to it. Until two years ago I was simply doing 40 minutes of cardio (elliptical and treadmill), but in Jan 2013 I decided to step it up. My employer was offering subsidized BMI testing (dunk tank) so I did a before and after, with four months of a new weight machine regimen in there. This year I started doing dumbbells. I’m in the best shape of my life now, and I’ve been able to say that pretty much every year since 2006! Incremental improvement, every year. I’m still a really skinny dude, and thus can’t use the number on a scale as a barometer of progress, but I definitely have muscle mass where I did not before. And having very little body fat means I can see the progress of my muscle build-up a lot easier 🙂

    Keep it up!

  2. dave says:

    Good work. There is something about approaching the middle of middle age being healthier than when younger that feels like you’ve beaten the system.

    I always do best with day job workouts when the gym is either onsite or walkable (like it was in downtown Portland.) For me it is 100% about the routine, having the time carved out and the place to do it. It is rare that I have a workout available but I just don’t feel like it. Motivation is not my problem.

    Prior to Punkin, I was working out every morning on the way to work and showering at the gym. That worked well too, although I prefer lunch time and especially work afternoons post-workout. It helps fight that sleepy nap feeling.

    It is no coincidence that for each of my two degrees, I left college in way better shape than I started it. Having a relatively open schedule and easy access to workout facilities meant I got in much better shape.

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