Two weeks ago, you vowed all sorts of changes to your habits and your lifestyle. And right about now, those New Years Resolutions might be starting to crumble, under the weight of everyday life. But luckily, there are some alternatives to the boring grind of "hitting the gym" and "doing crunches." You could be swinging a bat'leth or lightsaber instead.
Here are some of the best geeky workout routines that you could take up, instead of those doomed new year's resolutions.
Obligatory disclaimer: We haven't tried all these workout methods, and they could in fact be great ways to injure yourself. Proceed with a modicum of caution here, folks.
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The Bat'leth is a noble weapon used by generations of Klingon warriors. It's also a heavy sucker with a metal blade, so you have to be careful with it. The good news is, swinging a Bat'leth is really hard because of the aforementioned weight, so you could get a lot of good aerobic and upper body exercise out of it. There are various instructional videos online showing how to train with a Bat'leth at home, although I'm not sure how helpful they would be. But if you're lucky enough to be in Minneapolis, the Geek Physique Meetup claims to have Bat'leth fitness classes. And here's a very, very comprehensive guide to how to organize your own Bat'leth class in your own town, complete with what sound like some very hard-won lessons.
Given that half the most popular geek heroes right now are shooting bows and arrows right now, this seems like a good hobby to pick up. And archery is actually pretty great exercise — it's strength training, because pulling that bow is actually hard work, and you have to maintain the proper stance for a long time. And there's also a lot of running back and forth to collect arrows. And so on. Bonus points if you actually try to run and shoot arrows at the same time, like Oliver Queen. Here's a list of resources to find an archery club or class in your area.
A lightsaber isn't as hard to swing around as a Bat'leth, but you can still get a really great aerobic workout swinging one. We attended a big lightsaber fight in a park a while back, and also featured a lightsaber instructor on the io9 TV show. But there might well be a way to learn lightsaber combat in your local area. For example, in New York, there's the New York Jedi, in their seventh year of lightsaber classes and "illuminated combat" performances — including Saber Academy. Plus here's an online guide to the Physical Routines of the Jedi, including Jedi Yoga. And here are some Jedi-themed workout tips.