Randomness Before the Weekend

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Alright, there’s a three day weekend coming up and the likelihood that anyone is actually reading this post is slim to none. That said, I’m just going to shoot from the hip today:

1. Holy shitnuts this movie looks awesome. Natalie Portman + Mila Kunis + Makeout Scene =100% guarantee this wins an Oscar for most likely to make me go see this 17 times.

In all seriousness, though, Darren Aronofsky doesn’t mess around when it comes to making disturbing – albeit kick-ass – movies (see Reqiuem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler). I suspect this one won’t be any different.

2. Off the recommendation of one of our clients, I’m just finishing up the book In the Heart of the Sea.

You know, I thought I was tough that one day I ripped a callous off my hand while deadlifting and went on to finish my training session. Not so much after reading this book.

3. Speaking of clients, one of our female clients made a cameo appearance yesterday and immediately walked up to me begging to ask me a few questions. Long story short, she found this new application for her iPhone which tells you, amongst other things, the total # of calories one would burn participating in any number of “every day life” activities. As an example, it stated that one hour of grocery shopping burns roughly 300 kcals – give or take a few.

Huh? 300 calories? Grocery shopping? Really? Unless someone is doing sprints down the condiment aisle, or climbing Mt. Mordor to reach the two-for-one sale on canned beans, no one (outside of someone who is morbidly obese) is burning that many calories casually walking around the store.

While we’re on the topic, you know how most cardio machines will “estimate” how many calories you burn during a training session. I forget who actually did the research (maybe Alan Aragon), but most (if not all) of those estimates are waaaaaaay off – like by 50-100+ calories. As such, people “think” they’re expending more calories than they actually are, and as a result, end up rewarding themselves with a post-training frappuchino from Starbucks. Say goodbye to whatever it is you actually did burn off.

The main point I’m trying to make is this: lets be realistic people. Your “brisk” walk on the treadmill didn’t burn off 750 calories. Likewise, while I’m a firm believer that non-exercise physical activity has a lot of merit and definitely adds up over time, you’re not expending that much energy cleaning your closet.

On that note, I hope everyone enjoys the extended weekend. Here’s hoping my apartment doesn’t flood in the hurricane.

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