METS Demystified

Battle ropes woman

Reading Time: 6 minutes How do you know how many METs a given activity requires? Lucky for us, there is the Compendium of Physical Activities.

Swiss Gear Backpack Review

Reading Time: < 1 minute This bag is 10 out of 10. I’ve put ten years of hard use on mine and it remains as serviceable as when I bought it. All the zippers work and there are no tears, scuffs or almost no noticeable damage anywhere. The cross-chest buckle is broken, but I never used it anyway. I mainly … Read more

Fitness Data Privacy – The Danger of Oversharing

AI Image Generator Illustration of man lifting weights with hint to a graph

Reading Time: 7 minutes The Downside of fitness apps Last year I worked out 161 times, ran 360 miles and set 22 personal records for running and biking.  It didn’t take a lot of research to find any of this out. Fitness apps on my phone and GPS have made tracking these metrics easy.  Having these numbers on hand … Read more

Fitbod App – Artificial Intelligence for Fitness

Parkrun Chrissy Field

Reading Time: 4 minutes Can Artificial Intelligence get your body fit?  I have been weight training for the last year and have made some modest gains.  For all the time and energy I’m putting in though, I’m fairly certain I’m wasting a lot of effort.  I can tell if I’m working hard or not, but I question whether I … Read more

Food Waste – Spoiled Rotten

Still Life of Rotting Fruit

Reading Time: 3 minutes The fruit rotting in the bowl on the side table in my dining room makes me sad.  Food waste. Yet every week, there are some plums or a nectarine slowly becoming browner, softer and juicier while fruit flies buzz overhead. Now, I like nectarines, and I feel so disappointed to see them ruined by sitting … Read more

Fit After 50 – End of Year One

Squat rack at Crossfit SF

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m a man who turned 50 and didn’t like the way I felt, looked or acted. Taking stock of the big anniversary, I decided to make a change.  For the last year, I have been actively trying to lose weight, get fit and get strong.  Here are my results. Lots of wins. Did not go … Read more

Intermittent Fasting Week 34

Reading Time: 2 minutes Progress: We’ve passed the half year mark of my journey toward fitness. I check in with you now at 34 weeks. It’s been 5 months later since my last blog post.  There’s been some ups and downs. I laid off the alternate day fasting about the time of my last post on the subject. You … Read more