Using Technology to Streamline Your Fitness Efforts

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 by No Comments
Using Technology to Streamline Your Fitness Efforts

To be perfectly honest, Fitness for Geeks wasn’t really what I expected it to be. I was thinking it would be some sort of magic shortcut for people who hate to exercise. I wanted to hear about a way to lose weight while sitting in front of my computer eating Cheetos and drinking Diet Coke.

There are no solutions for this problem in Fitness for Geeks. If you want to get in shape, lose weight, and live a healthier lifestyle, author Bruce W. Perry expects you to work for it.

What he does offer is a collection of tips for how to use technology to make things a bit more manageable given the constraints of a modern, fast-paced life. The “geek” who he’s referring to is a person who likes technology and trivia — not the couch potato who just hates to sweat.

Although Fitness for Geeks wasn’t written for moms specifically, I found many places where the advice was applicable to the modern mothers. Moms have lots of things to do during the day and struggle to find time to exercise. In most homes, moms are doing the meal planning.

And, if you have a kid who would rather play video games than play outside, I think some of the suggestions for using various fitness oriented apps to make exercise more fun might work fairly well as a motivational strategy.

Fitness for Geeks includes tips on everything from fitting in exercise into your day to how to choose healthy food. It’s a lot of information to digest, so I’d recommend reading this book in short spurts. Keep a notebook handy so you can jot down the tips you want to try. Even if you find just a few things that end up working for your family, I think the time spent reading this book will be well worth your effort.

Disclaimer: A copy of Fitness for Geeks was provided for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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