Get Your Lazy Ass In The Gym

Get Your Lazy Ass In The Gym

Written by: King DX on March 24, 2014.
At Final Round 17 I had a moment to sit down with Ricky Ortiz a well-known high level fighting game player. Ricky's opinions and views on health had me questioning some of my own personal life habits.

Normally gamers are thought of as fat, lonely, lazy and antisocial individuals. The negative stereotypes of gamers have been made very popular by television and internet memes and has become somewhat accepted as fact. Ricky however is a very thin, active and funny guy, you could attribute his shape to his natural body type but it's probably the fact that he works out two times a day. Unlike his Street Fighter counterpart Rufus, Ricky works out early in the morning and in the afternoon to keep himself in shape. He puts himself through a 46 minute regiment that keeps him fit and mentally focused. It's funny to think that a player who spends only a few hours a week in the virtual training room is actually putting in more time in the weight room. The same amount of time we may waste adding music to our iTunes library or downloading the latest movie. Having foregone eating McDonald's for the last five years I found myself being put to shame by Ricky who eats whatever he wants and still stays in great shape.

Ricky's secret is not making excuses and making sure that he keeps himself healthy at all cost. Even though he does admit that peoples lifestyles differ, you always have some extra time to commit to keeping yourself in great physical condition whether it's 30 minutes one day or 20 minutes the next. You owe it to yourself to be a top human being and worry about being a top player later. You should not be starving yourself or putting a strain on your body by attempting to quickly shed pounds and exhausting yourself. Actually it has been proven that quickly losing weight is very bad for your heart. You want to maintain a workout plan consistently and this allows you to eat freely and not feel imprisoned by attempting to be fit. It is important for us players to recognized that we are humans, we bleed and someday we will die. Getting an extra 6% damage boost from your combo may seem important now but maybe it won't be so relevant when you hit your 40s and your body starts to treat you the way you've been treating it all of these years. After talking with Ricky I decided to return to my own exercise routine. I'd previously stopped working out after a torn abdominal muscle left me in severe pain for months. Since that day I have found ways to incorporate my exercise into my gaming without putting a tremendous toll on my body. Every time that I die now in a shooting game or lose a set I now do either 10 pushups or 10 situps. You'd be surprised how quickly you strive to do better when failing actually starts to hurt. I have also found that my reflexes feel sharper. Perhaps it has to do with increase blood flow but I honestly have no clue to the cause.

I wrote this article basically to say this, you only have one life and games are a small part of it. I'd rather make it to my 90's and watch my family grow then spend an extra 30 minutes a day learning a new mix-up. I like to personally thank Ricky for giving me permission to make this article and suggest if you aren't already following him on twitter that you get to it. Lastly look at the games that you play and see how you could possibly add in a few physical activities to help keep yourself active.
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