Intersections: Nerdy Games, Healthy Hamstrings, and Skinny Friends Edition

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This week in FMF Intersections:

  • A blurb about my favorite kinds of games
  • A couple videos about running that are inspiring me lately
  • An article from ABC about low-carb diets
  • Suggestions that you have more influence on your skinnier friends than you might think
  • A reminder about the next blog carnival!

But before we get there
FMF reader Salvatore is trying to put together a project for folks that are doing the Geek to Freak stuff in 4HB. If you fall under that category, give him a shout!

Enjoy!

I love nerdy games

I’m going to kick things off on a completely non-fitness-related note. Boy do I love a good nerd game!

I’ll define nerd games by saying any game that you probably won’t find at Target, have to go online to find, and end up paying over $20 bucks for. The nerdier the game, the better AND the fewer of your friends will have ever heard of it. My current favorite is Shadows Over Camelot.

I was reading GetRichSlowly the other week, and in JD’s weekend link post he talked about a game called Agricola. You’re apparently a middle-ages farmer and your goal is to essentially grow an estate. It sounds kinda dorky until you read about it. Then it will either sound even more dorky or more awesome, depending on what you’re into.

All I know is it’ll probably be the next nerdy game I buy. 😉 Either that or Carcassonne.

Two videos on running

If you’ve read the endurance chapters in The 4 Hour Body, you’ve read about Brian McKenzie.

I started following his blog recently, after having signed up for a half marathon. He’s going to train me to run, whether he knows it or not!

This video was one of the first I found. He talks about strengthening your hamstrings and not crossing the midline of your body with your feet. Focusing on that alone has made running easier already.

This next video is unbelievable. I can’t even begin to understand this guy, but I admire him greatly. David Goggins is a ridiculous athlete. I mean, who the heck runs 150 miles?! Watch this video of him completing it in under 40 hours! His mile pace for 150 is faster than mine for 3. And he walked 40 miles with freaking pneumonia!

Now ABC is 4HB-friendly!

It’s not likely that ABC will officially support us, but there was an article on ABCnews.com about how high-fat diets are not bad like people think.

According to the article, studies have shown low-carb diets to have positive impacts on blood pressure, cholesterol, and other things that are related to arterial diseases.

I’m glad there are articles in reputable news sources that back up what I said about the impact the slow carb diet has had on me.

Finally, here’s an article that says…

Skinny friends increase your self-esteem

Ok, so maybe not directly, but check out this article about a study done that suggests having fat friends makes you fatter. What I found particularly interesting was that people shown at random one of three photos and then given a candy bowl took 30% more candy when shown a picture of a fatty! I can’t even begin to imagine why that makes a difference.

So if you want to make yourself feel better while you’re losing weight, get some skinny friends. Statistically, they won’t stay skinny for long! 🙂

Next carnival posts next weekend!

The July Edition of the 4HB Stories Blog Carnival will post next weekend, so get your articles in! I’ll be out of town over the weekend, so make sure I get them by Thursday evening.

You can submit articles using Twitter, Facebook, or the Contact form here at FMF.

(Read this article to find out more about the 4HB Stories Blog Carnival.)

Have a great weekend, y’all! And as always, if you have a sweet link to share, drop it in the comments!

-j

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  1. Hey Jason,

    Thank you so much for the shout out!!! I am starting to build that project out right now. Anyone who reads this who has done or is about to take on the “geek to freak” chapter, please give me a shout!!!

    I think compiling our results would do great benefits for the community.

    Thanks again Jason, I can’t say enough good things about this site and what your doing here. Great work.

    Surfs up!

  2. Hah! The comment about having skinny friends makes sense, in a backwards sort of way. Although, I don’t know – my skinnier friends are getting fatter, but they’re still way skinnier than I am! (Maybe I’m not working hard enough? :-P)

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