I don’t follow too many fitness or diet blogs anymore. If you’re just starting out, Mark’s Daily Apple is a good place to get basic info and studies, but I’m here to be entertained as well, so like the science-rant-random strain of blogs and articles.
With that said, a few I’ll read are Chaos and Pain and Lift-Run-Bang. I have corresponded some with Jaime at Chaos and Pain over the years, and have copies of his books. His posts have been cleaned up in the last 6 months, removing some of his adult-only images, to focus more on Paleo, Lifting, and making fun of the weak and obese. Paul at Lift-Run-Bang is a strong powerlifter dude who also likes to pull back the curtain on lifting, diet, and science. One article I wanted to highlight was on how not all carbs are created eaqual:
All Carbs Are Not Equal – he highlights the following statement about Fructose: It also changes your body composition to increase body fat even when you are on a caloric restriction.If your diet is high in refined sugars, fructose, etc. then you could be in a calorie deficit….AND STILL GET FATTER. Check out the article, may have some holes but overall has good info on why to avoid fructose. Essentially, if you’re trying to lose weight, and are exercising a metric shit ton, and still eating like crap and drinking sodas, you likely may still be skinny fat. Again, goes to show how diet is a critical component to any body composition approach (i.e. one of my favorite goals: Look Good Naked). By the way, since Paul doesn’t hyperlink to IIFYM in his article, it is If It Fits Your Macros – a diet style that focuses on fat loss and macro eating, and one I know nothing about.
So probably like you, I don’t live close enough to bike or walk to work, so spend a fair amount of time in my car commuting. I also run several times a week, mow the lawn, go on walks, and work out in my home gym. That leaves a lot of time for thinking and learning. I still get books on tape, but have migrated to listening to podcasts. I run Android on my phone, so use the Podcast Addict app to listen to them. I’ve heard other people really like the Stitcher app (Android, and i-shit compatable). What I do is use the search function for various apps I want to listen to, download specific episodes I want to my phone when connected to wireless, and listen at my convenience. It’s a great way to learn and be entertained on the go, and is a highly recommended resource no matter what you’re interests.
Here are the podcasts I’m regularly listening to, do a search in your Podcast player and check them out if you’re so inclined:
Stacking Benjamins – A magazine style podcast on personal finance, usually three episodes per week. Somewhat silly, but entertaining and informative, and my favorite personal finance podcast (and I’ve checked out a bunch). Here’s an little write-up if you want to learn more before jumping in. Clean and suitable for family listening.
Motley Fool Money – This is another finance podcast, only put out once a week. Usually gets into specifics on certain stocks, so more nuts and bolts-ish, with an interview with someone who has maybe broader reach in personal finance. Not as silly, and intended for those who keep a little closer eye on the market. Minor adult language, but topics are for grownups.
Death, Sex, and Money – A very NPR-ish podcast on the topics at hand. Pull back the curtains on other people’s lives and get more insite on topics such as cheating to life as a funeral home directors to money impacts on relationships. Interesting perspectives, if not a little dry at times.
Freakonomics Radio – Taking regular topics and looking at them from a different vantage point. Topics are all over the map, from sleep to economics to diet to comedians to marriage. I have to be in the mood, but it’s good and I always learn something. Clean.
Barbell Shrugged – A fitness, lifting podcast, focusing on things like diet, Crossfit, getting swole. The hosts can sometimes be knuckleheads who laugh to much and hence annoy me from time to time, but the content is really solid and if you can overcome those hurdles, it will likely motivate you to lift more, eat better, and be healthier. Some swearing, minor adult topics.
My Brother, My Brother, and Me – Dubbed “an advice show for the modern era” MBMBAM (as they call themselves) are three brothers who answer random advice questions. They go off the rails and follow tangents, but are usually pretty dang funny. Often a top-ranked humor podcast covering lots of random topics. Some frequent swearing and adult topics.
Joe Rogan Experience – Usually clocks in nearly 3 hours long per episode, but full of interesting insights and randomness. Joe Rogan is a color commentator/ announcer for UFC, MMA practicioner, comedian, and jack of all trades. Guests range from comedians, to doctors, scientists, MMA fighters, and everything in between. Not safe for work, but topics they chase on tangents are often as interesting as the main topics they end up discussing. Everything from weed to the mob to cryogenic therapy.
I still try to read as many books as possible, random sampling of the latest I’ve read/am reading:
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies (and NFL QB Aaron Rodger’s as well), and this book (penned by “Westley”) from the movie details how it came to be, stories from filming, and how it became to be a cult classic.
The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City – Daniel Burnham is recognized as one of the grandfathers of today’s modern planning. This Plan of Chicago laid out the vision to a modern American City and influenced many.
Independent Contractor, Sole Proprietor, and LLC Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less – Setting up shop I needed a little more info on this topic. Easily digestible but chocked full of content for anyone looking to set up a side hustle. Even gets into setting up individual retirement plans and the differences between them so your hustle can shelter more money from taxes. I recommend kindle since it’s a better value and worth $5.
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom – A Tony Robbins money book, told in typical inspirational Tony Robbins style. A lot of fluff, looks at financial freedom from a whole life/happiness perspective not just retirement, and is often entertaining with a few nuggets of new info I didn’t know. However, it has some issues and I think people who want to get a better handle on this topic are better off reading:The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning. You won’t get the holistic life message like Robbin’s book, but better fundamentals.
Snow Crash – A Neal Stephenson novel is like the Matrix meets Tron meets Scientology. Very entertaining, may one day be made into a movie.
Dad Is Fat – Comedian Jim Gaffigan pondering life, parenting, and marriage with five kids in a two bedroom apartment in NYC. Clean and funny, audiobook (how I listened to) is read by Jim. Recommended for an easy, light read.
Before I Go to Sleep – A novel written in the first person by a woman who has memory issues and is trying to figure out her life every day. It’s a mystery as she unravels things that don’t seem quite right. Entertaining and in the same vein a as Gone Girl, and also made into a movie (I haven’t seen) last year.
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It – A super dorky book about D&D, but one I enjoyed. I talked about how I introduced D&D to my kids before, and this was pretty interesting as I didn’t have any idea on the history. I still think board games and imagination have a big role in childhood, not just video games.
I left off a few Leadership and Financial Report requirements I have to read for my new class, but I like interesting or entertaining books and hope you continue to search for your own at your local library.