Open Thread: Geeks & Fitness

As a whole, Geek Nation isn’t the healthiest group of people around. We eat too much junk food, we sleep too little, we work too much on computers, and we almost never exercise. That’s the perception, and looking around at my friends and myself, I think there’s a lot of truth to it. I for one am probably about 20-25 lbs overweight, and my geek/web developer lifestyle has given rise to health issues that are forcing me to exercise — really and truly exercise — for the first time in my adult life.

But more on that later. The purpose of this thread is to start a conversation about geeks and fitness (or their lack there of). Do you work out? If not, why? If so … what do you do? Are geeks healthier than I’m giving them credit for … or are things worse than I’m proposing? And what is it about being a geek that keeps so many of us away from the gym?

I have my own answers to these questions, and I’ll be talking about them soon (on the podcast, and in posts on the site) but I wanted to hear from readers and listeners as well, and incorporate some of your views into my essays.