Category Archives: FreeFit

Reader Feedback – Nutrition

I got this email the other day and wanted to share it with you all.  Lesson learned:  Don’t make eating healthy harder than it has to be – you WILL get results as long as you stick with it for a while.

Dear FreeFit Guy,

I just wanted to let you know that I had a revelation: if you eat right, food is better than a multivitamin! (emphasis mine) I don’t know if you have mentioned it to your readers before, but fitday.com is a great resource for inputting your food and getting a huge amount of information back. I don’t think you should do it every day because that is a bit too obsessive for a free, happy lifestyle, but it can be really useful for people trying to get healthier.

Anyways, I put in my usual day’s food, which is:

Breakfast: Baked chicken and a pint of strawberries, black coffee

Lunch: Baked chicken and a side of a medium carrot and a medium cucumber

Dinner: Primal Chili (Ground beef, onion, olive oil, garlic clove, zucchini, bell pepper, carrot, tomato sauce and spices)

Dessert: Cup of frozen blueberries

I knew I would get the calories and fat/protein/carb ratio (1777 and 46/34/20), but was shocked when I got to the nutrition tab. It really made me realize that food is the best medicine. 162% RDA of Vitamin A? 303% of B6 and 243% of B12? Plus WELL over 100% of Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Riboflavin, and Zinc! The nutrition facts looked like the back of a Multivitamin- but in a form my body can actually use! (emphasis mine) Next time I see a cereal box with “vitamins and minerals added” I’m just going to scoff and eat some freakin raspberries!

Sincerely,

Fitday Fanatic Reader!

As always, I love to get feedback from my reader’s about what’s helping them the most, what changes they’ve seen, or what they’d like to learn more about.  Feel free to send feedback to me any time at:  feedback@freefitguy.com, or send in topic ideas to topics@freefitguy.com

-Cheers, and stay healthy everybody!

Top 5 Posts…so far

Hi all!  It has officially been one month since the launch of FreeFit, and I can’t tell you how excited I am by the wonderful responses I’ve been getting.  So keep the questions, comments, and feedback coming.  I love it.

As of today, I am officially shutting down the old site over at wordpress.com and running solely on my own servers.  🙂

As a send-off to our first home, I thought I’d share the Top 5 Most viewed Posts in FreeFit Guy’s long (#tongueincheek), one month history.  See what others have been reading, and catch up on the best of FreeFit so far!

  1. Brown Baggin’ It :  Paleo Style — a couple of tips and tricks to get you on your way to packing a healthy lunch everyday!
  2. Paleo Banana-Nut Bread —  the perfect Paleo solution to coffee-cake, banana bread, and the like.
  3. Periodization: Setting 12-Week Goals — Tinker with your training and get better results by focusing on 12-week programs.
  4. Mushroom-Crust Pizza — Primal, gluten/worry-free pizza!
  5. Plan of Attack – The Desk Warrior — 10 tips and tricks to help the desk worker stay healthy and mobile.

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Now it’s time to ask you guys.  What is your favorite FreeFit Guy post?

Thanks for reading, and stay healthy everybody.

A peek into the future of freefit: Community and Fitness

Physical activity has always been an integral part of how communities come together. From the Tarahumara tribe’s “raraji” running parties to backyard football, from kids on the playground to the athletes in the Olympics – we connect with each other through sport, physical activity, and recreation.

Soccer = Massive Passion

Few Things Bring People Together Like Sports

For many of us, these activities become a part of how we identify ourselves. “I’m a (insert any team) fan.” “I do yoga.” “I’m a climber.” “I lift weights.” “I play soccer.” Through this self-identification, we attach ourselves to a larger group of people with similar interests.

Have you even just met someone, but find out that they happen to play the same sport as you, or are a fan of the same team? Chances are, you immediately felt a sense of affinity with that person. You have common ground. You’ve made a connection. In essence, you’re a part of the same family.

Maybe it’s for this sense of community/family that small gyms like CrossFit and Curves have exploded over the past 10 years, or why cardio/yoga/pilates classes at major gym chains continue to fill-up, day-in and day-out. We need to be a part of a larger community. We need it for the motivation, the inspiration, and the personal-connections it provides. At some point, being fit for the sake of being fit isn’t enough. We need more.

So where does FreeFit ‘fit’ in to all of that? What role should community play in personal fitness? How can FreeFit provide that for its participants? These are the questions I ask myself as I prepare for my journey home to the states and envision how this program can evolve, and what I hope it will become. Continue reading