Fat Bottom Bloggers: Is Your Blog Killing You?

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“If you like,” my dad said, “I’m happy to bring you to my gym and we can swim. The pool is great.”

“No thanks,” I replied, “still working on a broken foot.”

Sadly, that was a lie. I was rehabbing my foot, but that wasn’t the reason I said no.

I was embarrassed. Mortified…

That my 70 years young dad was in better shape than his 43 year old son. WTF?

For the better part of my life, I’ve been the bastion of health. It’s been my passion and my business. But, two years of sitting on my ass all day, writing, blogging, tweeting and eating has had a rather unsavory effect on my body.

Turns out, I’ve been hit with a fierce case of SMEGS—Social Media Expansive Gluteal Syndrome.

The process actually started about 4 or 5 years ago, after a second shoulder reconstruction and bizarre muscle wasting sickness. I wrote about it in a post back in December 2007 in a post entitled Fat Yogi Walking. And, committed to reclaiming my health.

I built a treadmill desk. I began to work out, take back my yoga practice, eat well and run. And, it was working. I was feeling better, losing weight and getting stronger. But less than 6 weeks into that journey, I broke a bone in my left foot trail running. That injury took a full 6 months to heal and left me unable to do any weight bearing exercise for almost the entire time.

Truth is, though, along with my reconstructed shoulder, it left me with chronic “itis,” meaning the x-rays say everything’s hunky dory, but it still hurts and the docs just shrug their shoulders when asked for a reason and say, “give it time.”

At the same time, I was in the throws of blogging, selling my company and finishing my book, so the pressure was mounting and I felt compelled to spend more and more of my waking hours decomposing into a mass of sweaty words in front of my computer.

Bad move!

I ended up increasingly stressed, fatter, unhealthier, less energetic, riddled by headaches and persistently looking for pants with a button left to close. The decline continued through March of this year, when, after seeing video of me speaking while promoting my book, I was left wondering who the old, fat, bald guy with deep circles under his eyes on stage was.

I’ve been teaching people how to respond to situations like this for a dozen years. I know better.

Never accept physical decline as your inevitable demise.

Fight like hell to re-engineer every process necessary to reintegrate and rebuild your life around health, fitness and movement. Because, that’s the foundation of success in every other area of your life.

You can’t build a company, a brand, a tribe riddled in pain and lethargy.

You can’t change the world when you’re busy plugging holes in your own dam. And, you can’t lie snuggling with your children…when you’re dead. I know this. Man, do I know it. In fact, I was so distraught…I did something else I shouldn’t have done.

Because I thought my body could still take the abuse I handed it in my 20s and wanted to fast track my fitness. I went sprinting back to the dirt trail that snapped the bone in my left foot a year earlier…only to snap the very same bone in my right foot.

Same spot. Same trail!

And, this time, it was much worse. Instead of a fracture that required a month in an aircast, this was a clean break, which meant a month on crutches followed by a month in an aircast.

FYI – I asked my orthopedist why I broke two bones in two feet two years in a row and he said, “dunno.” But, I’m pretty convinced, along with my bad decisions, blogging had A LOT to do with it. I’ll go into how a little later, back to the story…

Anyone ever been on crutches for a month?

Wow, does that destroy your body, with the exception of a newly acquired set of Popeye triceps. My entire right leg was left to atrophy and, while the bone has now healed, the impact of unweighting the muscles and connective tissue in my right foot for a month has been nasty. Really nasty. I’m in a lot of pain and being told to “work through it” for at least another 3-5 months until the soft-tissue inflammation dies down and everything “repatterns.”

So, once again, I figure, I’m left in the position of months of a near sedentary, non-weight bearing lifestyle…

Except, that’s complete and utter excuse-driven bullshit.

I will not allow a repeat performance. I’ve lived and breathed the right thing to do for far too many years to do the wrong thing one more time. I’m human, yes. But, I’m not willing to suffer and blame circumstances any longer. Even if it seems like every form of movement I adore has been, at least temporarily, stripped away from me.

And, this time, I refuse to repeat the bad decisions I made last time.

That’s why two weeks into being on crutches, I began to go to the gym to do what I could to maintain strength in whatever muscles I could isolate and exercise without screwing with my right leg. I also visualized the muscles on the now-unweighted side of my body exercising. Psychologically, this created a shift that made me feel more in control of the process.

Plus, I knew that, through an odd quirk of neuromuscular wizardry, our bodies actually experience something called sympathetic strengthening. Meaning, when you exercise one side of your body, the same neurological pathways are stimulated on the other side of the body, often leading to small, but measurable gains in strength on the inactive side. Also, when you visualize a muscle exercising, without doing any work, that muscle will get stronger.

More recently, with the crutches gone and the aircast off, I’ve begun to add in gentle weight-bearing cardio, along with upper body calisthenics and a bit more yoga. I even tried mountain biking again, my first time in years, on a very gentle trail.

Thing is, I love moving my body…

When I’m not addled with injuries, I love rock climbing, mountain biking, pretty much anything outside, interactive or mind-engaging and everchanging. But, even though I’ve been a health and fitness entrepreneur for more than a decade…I don’t love gyms. Because all too often they’re built around space maximizing, repetition-driven exercise, especially the “cardio” options that do nothing to engage your mind. This kept me from moving my body the first time around and, truth is, it keeps millions from joining gyms, too.

While I don’t enjoy the “machines,” though, I do enjoy being lean, fit, healthy and pain-free.

And, as I’ve learned, until everything is back in balance, I need a more controlled environment in which to move and repair my body and health. So, I’ll continue to deal with it until I am healthy enough to transition back into the movement style that makes me come alive. Once I’ve laid that foundation, I’ll be returning to a highly modified yoga practice and slowly experimenting with new styles and approaches to movement as I go, like Tai Chi, Pilates, Feldenkreis and more.

Knowing and accepting that this phase is both necessary and part of an evolution has allowed me to make peace with the process and find at least enough self-forgiveness to deal with my body “as it is” right now, rather than as “I wished it were.” And, I promise to share my exploration of movement with you here.

Now, on to my wild claim about blogging being a direct cause of my physical demise…

Okay, so I guess I can’t actually blame blogging, but my choices and the choices that millions of others make about “how” they blog do play a critical role in rapid physical decay. Because, without intervention, blogging tends to unfold very easily in a setting and style that is flat out disastrous to most peoples’ health.

Elements of a health-sapping blogging life include:

  • Indoor settings devoid of natural light, leading to skeletal and emotion problems,
  • Lack of movement, leading to loss of strength, flexibility, postural dysfunction, weight gain and pain,
  • Lousy nutrition, leading to weight gain and health collapse,
  • Terrible ergonomics leading to postural imbalances and chronic pain,
  • Little attention to mindset, leading to strain, stress, sleep problems, and
  • Long hours that don’t allow for optimal brain function or recovery

Does it have to be that way? Of course not, but for so many of us, without deliberate action to build your blogging lifestyle around a bigger wellness driven pattern, the autopilot tendencies toward life-stifling patterns becomes pretty pervasive.

So, each week, in addition to checking in on my journey, my Monday posts will touch on each of these areas.

Let’s get started with the first one today…Pasty-White Blogger Syndrome (a/k/a Who Stole My Vitamin D?)

Most bloggers spend a serious chunk of time indoors. Proof of this comes in the near-ubiquitous presence of most bloggers I know on twitter and IM all day…and the astonishing volume of pasty whiteness I see at SXSW and Blogworld Expo every year.

Problem is, your body needs exposure to sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D, which is critical to keeping your bones densely packed and, increasingly, research is showing it may also play a huge role in remaining pain-free and preventing a variety of illnesses, including various forms of cancer.

Doctors don’t routinely test for Vitamin D deficiency, but a year and a half ago, I had mine tested and I was massively deficient. My doc said, because of how “indoor” we’ve become, at any given time 50-60% of New Yorkers share the same depleted state. And my guess is that number is even higher among my cohort of cave-dwelling bloggers, writers and social media heavy users. This is further compounded by the fact that, in an effort to prevent skin cancer, many people now wear sun block or moisturizer with sun block whenever they venture outside.

So, when I snapped two bones in two feet in less than two years…while blogging and writing heavily and being indoors far more than ever before, my eyebrows raised in a big way. And, my orthopedist later confirmed there is now serious research going on in this area.

What’s my solution? Two things. One, eat better and supplement. And, two, get outside more.

In fact, over the next month, I’ll be experimenting with ways to leverage technology to move a serious chunk of my workflow outdoors. As an example, I’ll be attempting to speak my posts into a voice recorder, while walking or exercising outside and then either loading them into voice recognition software or sending them off to a virtual assistant to clean up and post on my blogs. I don’t know if it’ll work, but it should be a fun adventure. And, if it does, it will make a huge different in both the way I work and the way I live each day.

Now, this post is getting pretty long, so I am going to circle back around.

Not because I’m done, we’ve got waaay more to talk about.

But that’ll happen over the next handful of Mondays. So, every Monday, as I mount my comeback, I’ll share what I’ve discovered with you. I’ll be touching on the 3 M’s as I go—movement, mindset and munchies, too.

Next week, in Part 2 of this series, I’ll do a bit of exercise mythbusting, too.

So, be sure to tune in, share in the journey and, if you’re inclined join with me to reclaim your own body and state of health.

As always, just thinking and sharing, let’s continue the convo in the comments below…

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53 responses to “Fat Bottom Bloggers: Is Your Blog Killing You?”

  1. Becky McCray says:

    Wow, what a sensitive subject! In 2006, I broke my leg, just at the beginning of my blogging career. Now, it still hurts when I walk too much, and I want to get that changed. I’m far from a fitness or health “nut”, but I want to be able to walk all day when I go back on safari next year. Time to do some restructuring of my own!

  2. I can see how easy it would be to fall into a very sedentary existance if you merely became a social media “slave.” I allot a certain amount of time to social media as a way to promote the business I am a part of. I back away and use the rest of the time for exercise, business and family. By mapping out time frames, I find I do better.

    Just wanted to share that a possibility.

  3. Brandon W says:

    The latest research is showing that supplements of 1600-2000 units per day can decrease pain, improve mood and mental clarity, and more they haven’t pinpointed. Take it with calcium for best effect (the two work together). My mother has severe fibromyalgia and was taking 2 or 3 Vicodin per day to manage the pain. She was horribly inactive because her pain was too severe unless she took the painkillers, and that many painkillers drugged her up too much to be functional.

    I suggested to her that she begin taking 1600 units of Vitamin D per day. 10 days later I talked to her, and she said she hadn’t needed to take painkillers in 3 days. While she still has bad days now-and-then, 1 painkiller has sufficed. She’s been able to get up, be more active, and start exercising. Focusing on her diet and nutrient intake, with suggestions from myself and my wife (an R.D.), has helped her improve her overall health. She has lost 40 lbs. in the past 5 months.

    Proper nutrient intake, understanding how foods work with (or against) your body, and the right activity can make vast improvements in your life.

  4. Sunday says:

    I do think it’s interesting that vit. D has become the “hot” vitamin – and it is probably indicative of how indoor our culture has gotten. There’s still an underlying assumption that working indoors sitting down is higher-status than being outdoors using your body. It may be, but our bodies were designed to move and be outside.

    Worth considering is an atlas adjustment, which I recently had done. (I had the ProFilax method, which is very very gentle: no manipulation, the muscles are systematically loosened so your atlas “floats” back into place). Many of us have a skewed atlas vertebra, which means our spines and bodies are skewed all down the line, and can never settle into their proper places.

    Atlas adjustment isn’t an insta-cure, but addresses the core of a lot of problems so that other modalities (yoga, acupressure, etc.) can do their work more effectively. When I came out of the atlas adjustment, I thought I was walking funny. I wasn’t: I was walking with two legs the same length for the first time in a long time.

  5. Hey Jonathan,

    This is a real eye opener for the people who spent lot of time indoor. Seems like balance between indoor & outdoor is absolutely necessary..

  6. Tracy says:

    So true. I was on bedrest at the end of all my pregnancies for up to 10 weeks each time. I think recovering from that was far more difficult than recovering from childbirth.

  7. karen says:

    Thanks Jonathan for sharing this part of your journey. Just wanted to add a couple of things i’m still learning after having 2 surgeries in the last 3 yrs: patience and gentleness with the process of healing and with myself really. Part of this is letting go of my own agendas about things like what yoga level class I should be doing by now, etc.

    I’m back doing yoga and even added some running, but now try to listen a bit closer to my body and what it needs.

    Look forward to the Monday posts and continued healing to you… karen

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  9. This is freaking genius. Thanks for posting this and for commiting to talking about it more.

    I’m also a movement person and my body shut down on me in my twenties (which was the impetus for falling in love with movement and the wellness world)- and now here I am with the dreaded SMEGS (which I love. hilarious) I just got myself a hula hoop and jump rope which I keep by the computer for breaks.

    Gotta keep moving! What’s the point of bringing your body back from the brink only to toss it off the cliff with the simple commitment to growing a blog? Oy vey. Needless to say, I look forward to following along with your posts on this one.

  10. Monica Evans says:

    OUCH!!! Good for you for taking control of your body! I wish you luck in your recovery and I look forward to upcoming Monday posts.

  11. Trent Hamm says:

    I fell victim to this in late 2008, I think. Not so much the weight gain, though I did gain 20 pounds or so throughout 2008, but a weird illness that I couldn’t shake.

  12. Chas says:

    Well done on the recognition department, Jonathon. In the admission department as well. Couldn’t help noticing though that this was a long-ass post! How long did you have to stare into that hopeless little screen to get that sucker written edited and posted?

    Perhaps some voice recocgition software would help in your quest to be a fit blogger rather than a fat blogger. Good luck!

  13. I loved this article. You have a comprehensive approach to sedentary work. Eight months ago I set up a standing computer desk in my office. I lost 30 pounds as I became more active.

  14. Ann says:

    Listening to a conversation taking place on the other side of a PT curtain convinced me that I had to make some changes. I thought the woman I was listening to was much older than she was. She had broken something important and was struggling with her recovery. She was out of shape, overweight and unable to function on her own. I don’t have that option. I live alone; no one else to tie my shoes or comb my hair; no one to fetch my meals as I lay in bed recuperating. I have to be strong and healthy in order to stay independent. I’ve joined a gym; I’ve even hired a personal trainer. I have put money behind this effort knowing I am more likely to follow through with a financial investment. Sad really that I am more concerned about the financial investment and not the personal one. They say recognizing the problem is the essential first step. Good for both of us!

  15. Kelly says:

    Loving this! I’ve spent the whole of this week in my new flat (though I love it), writing (though I love that) – and I’m already absolutely feeling the stress on my body. Perfect reminder, perfect timing. Looking forward to Week 2!

  16. Lorraine says:

    Copywriters’ Dirigible Derriere must be related to Pasty White Blogger Syndrome–and spread (cough) just as readily.

    Sitting slumped and glassy-eyed in front of a laptop 8-10 hours a day takes its toll. But like you, I’m determined to fight the flaccidity.

    Looking forward to your exercise myth busting post.

  17. Naniprints says:

    Hi Jonathan, Thanks for this great post. How discouraging it is to deal with re-injury and such a long healing process!

    A long time ago I noticed that most of the photos of MacWorld and other computer magazine columnists showed Very Large Guys. And when I first went from running around a big art studio to sitting behind a computer screen all the time, I found out why. I gained a fast 20 lb!

    Your post puts a lot of different factors together, when you throw in light deprivation and pixel-necked-geek posture to the mix. Don’t forget carpal tunnel! (I’ve had CTS surgery on both hands!)

    Last week I bought an old-fashioned wind-up timer with a loud bell so I could set time limits on my Twitter time and remember to get up and move around every hour. Occupational therapists recommend regular breaks as the best way to avoid repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

    A healing modality I’ve engaged in with great success is cranial osteopathic treatment. Subtle yet amazing. DOs are much less likely to say “work through it” and are able to speed up the repatterning and rebalancing to lessen pain.

  18. Jonathan Fields says:

    Hey guys – Thanks for all the kind words, encouragement and information on some modalities that might help the process along. Thankfully, I’ve got a strong background in the field, the big challenge is to hold myself back from trying to accelerate the process through brute force, while at the same time exploring modalities, often complimentary med-based, that’ll truly accelerate the healing and rebalancing. I’ll talk a lot about this next week.

    PS – If anyone has resources for a really good D.O. or neuromuscular therapist in the NYC area, feel free to add them in the comments or e-mail. Would love the hook-up.

  19. Teri says:

    Jonathon, thanks for sharing your struggles with us. I was extremely thin my entire life – 105 lbs if that. In my forties, I started gaining weight and have not been able to stop it. I am at least 30 lbs overweight. I say that I have tried everything – but I say it tongue in cheek – because I haven’t tried as hard as I should. I will be looking forward to your posts to see how you progress with this. I’m looking forward to the parts on exercise because I get bored so easily – with any repetition. I also have trouble with snacking – if anyone has suggestions.

  20. Joe Jacobi says:

    This will be one of those posts that will resonate with readers for a long time to come. It inspired me too. I need more “machine time” to help me sustain my “outside time” better, longer and at a higher level if I want to keep up my pace! I learned this lesson leading up to the 2004 Olympics in Athens – if I wanted to be balanced, focused and free on the river, I had to be will be do more “nuts and bolts” work in the weight room than the guys 10 years younger than me.

    Great journey happening here. Get that Flip in the outdoors too 🙂

  21. […] Jonathan Fields looks at the consequences of the sedentary blogger’s lifestyle — which applies pretty much equally to most freelancers — in Fat Bottom Bloggers: Is Your Blog Killing You? […]

  22. Helen says:

    Excellent post. I love how you “figured out” what your situation was, addressed the issue & TOOK ACTION. It’s refreshing to see someone take responsibility & look for ways to improve their situation vs creating excuses to stay the way they were (fat & unhappy!). always positive ~ Helen

  23. BALANCE! Everything in balance.

  24. Becki Maxson says:

    Jonathan, I think you’re the first one to really call out this all-too-common syndrome! Even without a broken bone, it’s got me. I woke up turning 50 (last month) and said “Enough!” Been walking every day since then, down 7 lbs, eating better, more water, etc.

    What does it profit anyone to be an awesome blogger, have a tremendous business, Twitter celebrity, etc if their body doesn’t work well, look decent, or last very long? I had to give myself the same lecture.

    I love what you said about never accept physical demise as inevitable with age. Some of that has to do with the models in our lives, but it’s time to correct that sloppy lazy thinking.

    By the way, one of our clients dictates his newsletter while on the treadmill. We just get used to the heavy breathing, works fine. If your voice recognition idea doesn’t work out, we can transcribe it for you. Try Jott.com too.

    Remember to keep stretching too. Also very important for a healthy working flexible body.

    Becki

  25. Lisa says:

    What’s happening to you happens to just about everyone who works inside. Just look around you. It is my understanding that you just need 10-15 minutes a day of sunshine on your face. If you can’t make it outside every day or in the winter, then there are also light bulbs that simulate sunshine. It is wonderful to be outside, no matter what time of year, you just have to wear appropriate Like they say…”if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Happy Trails to you!

  26. Dan says:

    Any ideas on the correct amount of Vitamin D supplementation recommended (yes, I know it’s probably different for ever body…).

    I’ve noticed the trend in support of this supplement, and have started taking them myself, but without the test, I wonder if I’m just taking a shot in the dark as to the proper dosage.

    Perhaps a post on these tests and what they reveal might be helpful.

  27. riva says:

    I have 2 words for you Jonathan: physical therapy. We can’t get into shape if our bodies aren’t working properly to begin with. Bones heal, but all the tendons, and muscles need to be retrained.

  28. […] Jonathan Fields looks at the consequences of the sedentary blogger’s lifestyle — which applies pretty much equally to most freelancers — in Fat Bottom Bloggers: Is Your Blog Killing You? […]

  29. I wonder a little if this post is not simply intended to discourage future competition from emerging. Just kidding! Very honest post. Keep it up.

  30. Interesting post. It came just as I was planning to start going to the gym again. I really needed the extra push. I wish I could blame blogging for my fat bottom. But I know it is really due to my love of cake. Thanks for the encouragement.

  31. […] demands a solution. I’m not the only one—Jonathan over at Awake at the Wheel writes about Fat-Bottom Bloggers. While a hectic travel schedule prevents a long-term gym membership, I’ve mapped out a […]

  32. Jon Pietz says:

    When I was 40, I woke up every day with a stiff back and thought it would be all downhill from there. At 52, I feel better, stronger and more flexible than I did 20 years ago.

    It sounds like you approach physical activity with the same passion as you do work—which is exactly what I used to do. Yoga is fantastic, but at one time, I tore ligaments in my knee because my ego was compelling me to do some outrageous twisted flying crow move in a cold room. Nature was trying to tell me something, and I finally listened.

    Sometimes a day off, or a stroll through the woods is the best thing you can do for your body. As for the stiff back thing: Sun Salutation for two minutes every morning, and life is beautiful.

  33. Andy says:

    Keep it up, Jonathan. I tore my ACL playing beach volleyball and had surgery back in February. I experienced the atrophy that you mentioned and it took me about 6 months of rehab to get the leg back to about 85% of the good leg. Ran/biked Muddy Buddy here in Atl last month and my leg feels as good as new (well almost). My piece of advice for your recovery…Get a GREAT physical therapist and do your prescribed exercises religiously. And as I’m sure you know, focusing on strengthening your core will help you regain the balance you may have lost post-injury. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts on the topic! Good luck with everything!

  34. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Dan – I hesitate to give out recommendations of vitamin D, because it’s very personal to your situation, plus I’m nowhere near qualified. But, what I do know is that most docs and nutritionists, mainstream and complimentary, agree that the current rec’s are likely significantly low.

    @ Joe – when an Olympic gold medalist tells me he needs more machine time, I gotta listen!

    @ riva – here’s the thing about physical therapy, it’s only as good as the therapist. I’ve had both great and horrible experiences in PT. And, I’m someone who knows the body very well (taught anatomy & kines to yoga teachers for 5 years). But, I do agree, you need to start with rebalancing and building a foundation once your (a) over 40, and (b) recovering from compound injuries.

    @ kevin – damn, you found me out, lol!

    @ Jon – yeah, as someone who taught yoga for the last 7 years and trained hundreds of yoga teachers, I’ve seen the impact of all forms of yoga on all types of bodies and personalities. I’ll write more about that in next Monday’s post, too. But, I agree, there’s no reason I can’t emerge from this period feeling better than I have in years if I take the time to be respectful

    @ Andy – Yeah, I always knew about the effects of atrophy, but hadn’t experienced it on this level before. And, I confess to not being ready for it. Thankfully, everything’s moving in the right direction now

  35. Funny thing Jonathan. I am in the same boat! I am young, only 24, and all through high school and up until 2 years ago I exercised vigorously at least 3 times per week. I could bench press 2 times my weight and was an excellent athlete, then I started an internet business and don’t spend any time doing activities that keep me active. Sure enough, I gained 40 pounds and now weight 195 lbs… It’s a real bummer – I love my job, but physical activity is an important part of a healthy life.

  36. Amy says:

    You know, this same thing has happened to me. I’ve been petite my entire life until about 2 years ago when I started to do computer work. I’ve gained close to 15 pounds, which isn’t too bad b/c I’ve always been underweight. But it’s definitely time to jump back into exercising! Looking forward to Mondays 🙂

  37. Try Dial2do for transcribing posts from voice to text. I’ve tested it a bit – it seems to work well and easily. Then you can dream up posts while you’re jogging then phone in the post before you forget. This is my plan, anyway. 🙂

    I’m a little hesitant about transcribing stuff to go directly on to my blogs though, so I’m thinking the best step would be to use dial2do to email myself the post, then I can quickly edit and post later.

  38. Tisha Morris says:

    Balance is the key regardless of what your job is!

  39. Sunday says:

    I have gotten a lot of useful info and insights out of these comments (many thanks especially for the Dial2do recommendation, Angela, it’s perfect for a project I’m planning). One thing that’s been touched on lightly but I think is worth repeating: it’s really good to be gentle (and humble) in regaining strength. I’m learning this the hard way, I’d recommend trying it without the severe health problems.

    We *can* put our lives on a path that gives us better health – but no matter how hard we struggle, we can’t guarantee ourselves lifelong good health, because some of the factors are out of our control. And isn’t that intensity that makes us struggle the same thing that keeps us in our seats and at our computers for hours and hours?

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  41. Stephen says:

    Awesome post Jonathan.

    Personal subject handled really well. Sadly the truth for me is my job gnerally over the last 10 years has taken a toll on my body for exactly the same reasons. Sitting on my arse all day.

    I to am on a journey to put it right and I think finding balance is the key. Most exercise, more movement, less food.

    Thanks again.

  42. Andrea says:

    Beautiful and welcome post. You hit the nail on the head, especially about Vitamin D.

    Sunshine is vastly underrated. 🙂

  43. This is great, Jonathan. I whole-heartedly agree! In fact, my daughter asked me to take her swimming today and I was like, “YEEESS! I need some-a-that!”

    I have gained a bit of weight since really diving deep into social media. I also have done less to take care of my body, with the excuse that I need to get my business off the ground. Pooey! So recently, I started doing my tai chi again (love it) and trying to get some more balance in my life. I really believe that I will bring more to the experience when I am balanced and, isn’t a big part of the process just trusting the universe to help instead of trying to do it all yourself? This is a great post. I look forward to hearing more of your progress!

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  45. Susan says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Susan

  46. Ashley says:

    I have jut started reading your blog, every post is amazing! Thank you for sharing your struggles and embarrassing moments with us!

  47. Ruri says:

    Everything should have an effect. Internet business is not easy. It needs hard work. Posting, promoting, designing. This should effect other thing in life. Especially blogging, this type of business is self-center business. If the blog owner don’t do the job, no one will.

    Some people start to search guest poster. I believe you also need it. At least you can take a rest a little bit.

  48. Dee Wilcox says:

    I’m still thinking about this line: “Fight like hell to re-engineer every process necessary to reintegrate and rebuild your life around health, fitness and movement. Because, that’s the foundation of success in every other area of your life.”

    I so, so don’t do this, and you’ve given me a lot to think about. I’m really curious about the health-life success connection. I’m sure it’s true, but what makes you state that so strongly? Do you think it’s true for everyone, or just based on your personality?

  49. Sue Goretti says:

    I work as an interior decorator and I work a lot. The blog I started was more like finding something I can relax with, and yet share some experience and help to my readers.

    I like this blog and it will help me a lot with my work. Tnx

  50. Rich says:

    Hi, at a very young age I’ve aways enjoyed doing some kind of fitness workout (running, biking, weightlifting) and I am in my early 50’s and like your dad I hope to keep it up till I am in my 70’s.

    Workingout helps keep the body fit, keep you young and your mind short.

  51. Dennis Wolf says:

    Jonathan,
    Awesome post on balancing indoor and outdoor time.
    I actually found your post by
    chasing the term mountain biking down
    the proverbial keyword search hole.
    Your post is a great reminder that
    we need to get out of the house and
    get back on the trail.
    Especially since our blog brand
    was created around our passions in life.
    Down Hill Skiing and
    Down Hill Mountain Biking.
    Thanks again for the kick out the door 🙂
    Keep up the great writing.
    Dennis
    Lead, Follow and Share !