The word “hack” has historically had a negative connotation. Now it's everywhere preceded by the words "life," "mommy," "fitness," etc.
I was a tween and a teenager in the 80's. When I saw the 1983 movie "War Games" that was the first time I had heard about a hack. The brainy Matthew Broderick and his sidekick Ally Sheedy hack into a government website and almost start a nuclear war.
Fast forward many years later to my early 30’s and the hit TV show "Hack" was filmed in my hometown of Philadelphia. As a trainer, back then a fitness hack meant knowing the team that facilitated the on-set workouts of the show’s star, David Morse in his customized exercise trailer.
That was 2003 and I know by revealing that, I may be dating myself. I did, however, have a dating hack shortly thereafter, as one of my first stints with online dating.
Trust me, it is not what you think. With a few keystrokes, I took to the Internet, googling the name of my latest online suitor.
It turns out this particular Jersey Boy had Broderick behaviors that summoned the FBI to his house in his late teens. He was known for a week and two dates as “the hacker.” I always came up with a nickname to help keep the online game in line.
I usually do not bring up my dating history, so since I mentioned it, I am happy to report that it ended when I became happily married in my late 30’s to Scot with one “t” (that is how he signed his first email to me) in Arizona, not Jersey!
Now in 2014, according to Wikipedia, a hack typically “refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.”
This generation of new parents are known for their repurposing tips and techniques. One of my favorites is using a pool noodle under my son’s Lightening McQueen sheets to keep him from falling out of his race car bed.
Another good one is using pacifiers as a wine stopper. Because, when they throw the binkie at you and scream, you inevitably need to open a bottle of wine (after their bedtime, of course).
Now, when it comes to fitness, it turns out, I’ve been hacking for years and did not even know it!