The first Otagenki Report is up! A fun bike ride in Santa Barbara!

Really diggin’ this bike riding stuff…

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Yesterday I was out and about in Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara Open Streets…a lower-key version of CicLAvia, the huge event that happened 3 times this year in LA. This is the first time I’ve gone to one of these events and ridden my bike. This was incredibly fun, and I think the video I brought back says it all. Cycling is great exercise, almost everyone learned to ride a bike as a kid, and it really is true that you never entirely forget how to ride a bike. Bikes are easy to find at garage sales, and most big cities have bike collectives that sell refurbished bikes cheap and teach you how to fix or even build a bike for yourself. The bike I was on when I shot this was a garage sale find, bought 10 years ago, sitting stored for years and years and only recently fixed…

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The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible “Fitspiration” Photos

I agree 1,000% with this post.

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The Reembody blog, up to this point, has been a thoughtful exploration of human movement, a subject about which I am extremely passionate.

Today, however, I’m mad and I’m going to tell you why.

I have been planning a blog post for a while on fitness misinformation, and it was originally going to be the same kind of thoughtful deconstruction found in my other installments. But then I read this and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever found in my newsfeed: so beautiful, in fact, that the rest of the health and fitness propaganda floating around Facebook like turds in a pool started to really, really piss me off.

So thoughtful deconstruction has been postponed for another day. Instead, we’re going to take a good look at a few of those turds and get pissed off together because, when someone preys upon your insecurities in an effort…

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This is a really good idea…

OK, turnabout is fair play, I’m reblogging something from Otagenki.Com.

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MoeMoeHardHatChallenge

I don’t always agree with everything I see on NerdFitness.Com, but this challenge is something I want to invite everyone following this blog to do.

This month is a short month. 30 days hath November, April, June and September. And there have already been two and a half days that have ticked away on September, so really, this is only a 27-day commitment.

Put on your hard hat, and do one healthy thing per day for the rest of the month. It is your JOB to do this now. The payoff isn’t a paycheck, it’s a new good habit. By the time you finish this less-than-a-month challenge, you will establish a good habit that will stick with you. I guarantee it.

I have done this before. On January 1st of this year, without making a big deal out of it and making a New Year’s Resolution, I stopped drinking diet…

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Why BMI stands for “Blatantly Meaningless Information”

For those who have been involved with weight training in particular, BMI does not tell the whole story. Muscle is more dense than fat, pound for pound. Athletes with very little body fat have often tipped the BMI scale in the overweight or even obese category because of their well-developed physiques. We need to use new metrics to assess fitness. The BMI fails.

The LA Times has published another awesome article, this time taking aim at BMI.  The article headline states “For nearly 1 in 5 Americans, BMI may tell the wrong story”.  Although one of the main studies actually places the misdiagnosis statistic closer to 2 in 5 Americans, I have to give the LA Times credit for posting this story which goes on to detail something that many of us in the HAES (R) universe already know: BMI is not a good predictor of individual health.  In short:

Having a high BMI does not mean you have poor metabolic health.  Having a low BMI does not mean you have good metabolic health.

So why is this important?  Well for a lot of reasons.  First off, if your doctor is using BMI to determine whether or not you should get further screenings or tests, he or she is using an extremely…

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Body Hatred–We have an “App” for That!

And the beat goes on…

iphoneappsadArrrrrrrgh!  A good friend recently shared this link with me.  (Warning–following link leads to stupid picture and ridiculous article.  Please check your sanity points level before you engage.)  It’s an article about an upcoming Anti-obesity app that will show people how they will look in the future if “their diet and exercise habits don’t change”.  Developed by the same folks who created an anti-smoking app that shows people what they will look like if they continued to smoke, the idea is that people become so horrified at their future, fatter selves that they will magically stick to restrictive diets and vigorous exercise programs and will stay svelte and beautiful for-EVAH.

Except maybe not.

It’s instructive that the story suggests that people using the app will be able to enter queries asking “what I will look like in four weeks, eight weeks, 12 weeks, 26 weeks or a year.”  Because one…

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Professor Terrible Learns about Consequences

Prof. Terrible gets his just desserts.

Millerslide2.001-001I was oh so VERY happy today to read that the University of New Mexico has decided to CensureProfessor Terrible, (AKA Professor Geoffrey Miller) about his now infamous tweet.  For those of you who have been on a media fast or have been living under a rock, Geoffrey Miller Tweeted:

professorterribleAs I predicted, a media “sharknado” of epic proportions ensued.  Geoffrey issued a few half-hearted apologies and then, when that didn’t work, he claimed the tweet was part of a “social experiment” in some “research” he was conducting.

Except, um, no.  Both universities where Geoffrey teaches, UNM and New York University determined that this tweet does not meet the requirements for university “research” which among other things, would have required pre-approval by an institutional review board.

So, after several months of review, the University of New Mexico has decided to officially censure Professor Terrible and have demanded…

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Map My Walk sent me a report card…

WORKOUT SUMMARY for 01/01/2013 – 06/30/2013
83 workouts
4 routes
288.4 total dist. (miles)
235.1 hours
77,142 kCal burned

Pretty cool, no? I basically feed information from Fitbit.Com to Map My Walk, and this is the kind of report I get back. Nice site, good service.

Fat Hating German Gym Ad May Make You Stabby

Excellent article about fat shaming in marketing…I really do like this blog!

haters-gonna-hate-catWarning, the bulk of this blog post (#450!) is likely to make you really, really mad.  If you don’t want to be mad today, might I suggest you refer to fluffy kitty picture above.  You can read his caption, “haters gonna hate,” and come to the same conclusion without needing to view a smug, stupid video ad from a smug stupid gym.  You’ve been warned.

For those of you who are moving on, I was on a site featuring “funny ads” and I came across this gem:


Oh my goodness.  He’s “fat” (but not really).  His pants button popped off with SUCH FORCE it hit that poor, gorgeous woman in the head and killed her.  Which, is like of course perfect, because you know, fat kills.

You see what I did there?

Do you think for one minute that this ad really cares about the fate of fat people?  Because…

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