Monday, August 02, 2010

Join us on the Fit4PAX Challenge!

Overall, the Fit4PAX Challenge isn’t so much about weight or vanity as it is about being prepared for what will possibly be your craziest weekend of the year. Stamina is key, and improving your overall health will mean you can keep going for longer and take in even more PAX awesome.

The challenge started about 6 months ago when I decided once and for all that I was going to lose 60lbs by PAX. Then, using Twitter and Facebook, I invited my fellow geeks to join me. Now many of us are working to meet our goals while sharing our successes and challenges, supporting each other, and helping get #fit4pax! What’s next? We’d like to invite you to join us too - it's easy!

  1. Pick a PAX! PAX Prime 2010 is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting ready for PAX East or Prime of 2011. Getting healthy is a lifestyle thing.
  2. Set a measurable, attainable goal. From weight or inches lost to weight or inches gained, how far you’d like to be able to walk/run without fatigue, number of reps completed or flexibility – make it something you can track. Heck, even “walk around the block 3x per week” works!
  3. Get your friends on the Challenge. Start a group and go walking every weekend. Or make it a competition! Keep the categories simple, such as the most time walked in a week, or who can do the most push ups. Sharing your successes and stumbles help take the pressure off. Being open and accountable help make the road easier. Use the #fit4pax hashtag on twitter to keep us posted on your progress!
  4. Start a Food Journal and harness the power of the Internet (or your Pokewalker)! Figure out how many calories you need each day and how many you burn. Use web or mobile apps, even podcasts to help you stay focused. There are tons to choose from.
  5. Don’t forget to celebrate your wins. Create prizes like more game time to motivate yourself. And remember, you can always start over tomorrow!

Email us or follow us on twitter, and start the #fit4pax challenge! In the comments below, tell us what works for you and what doesn’t. We’ll do updates and follow-ups as PAX Prime 2010 approaches!


  1. Putting on work out clothes always works for me. Sometimes if I'm really determined to go jogging in the morning, I'll just sleep in my work out clothes. It does a pretty good job of guilt tripping myself into going out when I wake up.

  2. Haha, nice eye-shuh.

    My biggest hurdle right now is my stupid, frelling fractured ankle. I'm actually really motivated to get up and go running (Rule #1, Cardio!) but I'm confined to a slow, limping walk =( it's even making keeping up with the pushup and sit-up challenges difficult (I've had to completely forgo the squat challenge).

    So basically, I would like a new ankle. Can I please haz? Then I can start working out again =(

  3. You don't necessarily have to sacrifice your gaming time to fit exercise into your lifestyle. For instance, I have an exercise bike with a laptop stand in my office. Putting in an hour a day on the bike feels like less of a chore when I can be surfing the web, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  4. Where's my co-author credit on this? *g*