Have you thought about starting a workout routine, or about improving your health, and there is just SO much information out there that it overwhelms you and gives you anxiety? Have you wondered which program is right for you? Should you do all cardio. should you just change your diet, should you follow an IG person you admire, should you do only strength training? The answer is Yes and No. (Right, I know, way to be fucking vague right? Hold your horses).

First step, figure out your general goals. In one sentence, what do you want to accomplish? Do you want to be healthier overall? Do you want to look better? Lose weight? Increase stamina (giggity)? Have a performance goal?  Be more flexible? Be stronger? Do you want it ALL? well don't worry folks! You CAN have it all! (picture yelling this out in a loud, bad infomercial voice).

Second, what are your current fitness levels? On a scale of WoW playing, mom's basement, couch potato (no judgement! I would if I could, trust) to Obstacle Course Racing, Parkour Guru, where do you lie? You never want to start a crazy fitness program if you have no background in fitness. That leads to injuries, overtraining, cockyness and eventual discouragement. Plus, a lot of those programs have no method of progression, so you get to one point and stay there constantly. But on the flip side you don't want to stay in your comfort zone forever either. In order to progress, you have to step outside that box and overload yourself to some degree. The best way to do this is by educating yourself on how to do that, and not relying 100% on a program to do that for you. 

I like to think of exercise, and personal improvement, like stats in a RPG game - you build characters who have attributes. The physical ones include strength, endurance, agility, stamina, etc. So a great fitness program aiming at making you perform better will touch on all of those attributes. 

I am developing a series of general steps to take to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be! First in this series is, what I think is one of the most important parts of improving health, and that is STRENGTH TRAINING.strength training

Read on for proper ways to start and progress your strength training program.....

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simple stretching exercises

Stretching is something that is sorely overlooked in our society. It is amazing how much better you can feel with simple stretching exercises! I mean, stretching can really help you out if you:

  1. Live a relatively sedentary lifestyle
  2. Live a health and active lifestyle
  3. Are a hardcore athlete
  4. Have general aches and pains
  5. Feel tight or sore during certain movements
  6. Are alive in any way

I am pretty sure that, unless you are already a Yoga instructor or guru, or do Pilates on the reg, that you can definitely benefit from simple stretching exercises. Even a little bit of daily stretching can help alleviate general achy-ness, help with back or knee problems, help increase flexibility, and decrease joint pains. With as little as 5 minutes a day! Well, maybe a couple times a day, but lets not get carried away. I am not asking you to morph into a human pretzel, or discover your inner cheese (or is it Chi? I'd rather discover my cheese, yum). Also, to take your health a bit further, check out Health Tips for Lazy People here!

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Are you kind of lazy by nature? Would you rather read, write, play video games then go to the gym? I mean, I love working out, but I am also lazy by nature. So let's start small and come up with some easy health tips for us lazy people! (or busy people, you count too!)

It is the new year. Most people want to get healthy, lose weight, and make these crazy resolutions that are unrealistic. They dive headlong into a life they are not ready for, get motivated then exhausted faster then they can say Quiddich, quit, and end up worse than they started at the beginning of the  year. Step 1 of keeping "resolutions" or as I like to call them, "goals", is to not overload yourself beyond what you are realistically capable of. Know what your true limits are. I am not saying just skate by, but know yourself. If you get anxious in public places, don't dive into a gym membership at a GLOBOGYM. If you absolutely hate running, don't make weight loss goals based on the fact that you will become a world class runner. What do you like? How can you make that work for you? Read on...

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happy new year nerds

Hello Nerdverse,

Here is the obligatory "Happy New Year" post. I want to be a positive poster, and a good influence, but I am not a touchy-feeley person and I really don't fall into the whole new year hype to much. However, I want to provide the best services and information that I can, so I will open up, discuss some things, and hopefully we can all come together and make awesomeness happen.

About me. I am a lazy by nature, but I have a lot of passion build up inside. Passion for health/fitness, passion for the gamer community, passion for books, passion for helping people, passion for having fun, but that little nagging bitch called procrastination and that asshole called laziness tend to take over. Ever heard of them? Chances are you have. I got a wake-up call yesterday from a good friend of mine. Basically he said "Those who DO, do, and those who do
n't, DONT." Simple right? Point is, I am not a doer. I am dreamer. I have awesome ideas and they stay in my head. Next thing you know, 5-10 years has passed, and while I certainly have not wasted my life, I have not acted on any of these ideas. Sound familiar?

It is easier to NOT DO. Its EASY. We like easy, But easy is complacent. I am lucky that I have a good family, lovely child, and full-time job in the fitness/health community. So I DO have things to show. I have my Master's degree, I have competed in fitness competitions, I have modeled. Go me. But behind all of that, there are still dreams of going above and beyond that. That was easy. That was comfortable. It is time to get uncomfortable.

So what does that mean?

Before I get old (I am not getting any younger and neither are you), my promise to you is to become a DOER. (do-er? Dooer-er? Eff it, you get the point). So for this "happy new year" if you are struggling with something you hahappy new year fitnessve wanted to do for a long time, whether it is business, art, fitness, family related. Who cares!? Do it. Become a do-er. Make goals. And don't anyone tell you how to be motivated. Do what works for you (legally, mind you). Set external goals, internal goals, make it a competition, set timelines, race a friend, find someone with something similar and do it together. But stop putting it off.

I will dive into this site, and offer amazing things. I will DO amazing things with NerdCore Performance and I hope you follow along. We can all be better, nerdy, amazing, DOER versions of ourselves! So now, your first task is to tell me in the comments, what do you want for this year? How will you become a DOER? And what do you want from NerdCore Performance? What articles do you want to see? Cosplay, gaming, books, fitness? What are you physical goals and how can I help you get there. Lets get off our lazy asses together and do something! (I say this as I literally spend 5 hours playing Stardew Valley this morning. See? We all have things to overcome!)

Riana

Happy New Year

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There aOutdoor Exercisere a number of reasons to suck it up do outdoor exercise, especially if you are one who is stuck indoors a lot due to your job, or to your obsessive gaming habit...cough cough. Here are just a few reasons to go outdoors for your workouts, and ways to help you get started.

If you are a vampire, I apologize, but some facts still remain true for nighttime adventures!

Read on for Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

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