I know there’s a lot of stigma throughout the gaming world that anyone who is a gamer is an out of shape, disgusting, pasty white slob. I can speak from experience that just inside vVv that is definitely not the case and if anyone has watched streams of pro players there are very few who could be lumped into that category. Most gaming houses have a schedule for daily exercise of some sort to keep the mind fresh and the body ready to go.
For my first fitness blog I’d like to introduce myself, where I come from, why you should (hopefully) listen and contribute to the weekly fitness debate and finally why you should seriously consider adding fitness into your regimen. We can all learn from each other but I’m hoping to facilitate the change in wellness we can all use.
Who I Am:
My name is Don, most will know me as vVv TapOrSnap. I’m in the Army National Guard and I’ve been deployed to Afghanistan. I’ve trained for a year and a half with the best of the best amateur fighters in Southern Minnesota, most of them are now pro fighters making names for themselves. I’ve been through grueling workout sessions more times than I’d care to remember. I plan on learning as much if not more from you guys as you, hopefully, will learn from me.
What I’m Doing:
The bread and butter and reasoning of my blogs is that I have a great passion for leaving people a little bit better than they were before they met me. Hopefully this turns into a vVv that has every team and every member a healthy and fit group of gamers that can all live a long and happy life to pass it on to your friends. At the very least after each week I hope to leave you with a new train of thought to consider in your daily lives.
Meat and Potatoes #1
As for this first blog I’d like to talk about Attitude. Attitude is one of the single greatest barriers to most all diets and exercise schedules. “Oh, I can do it tomorrow.” “Well, I don’t want to do it alone.” “The gym is smelly and I’ll look out of place.” You’re right. It’s not fun, especially when you’re already out of shape. It’s a terrible atrocious process that hurts your body and bruises your ego. You can make it through the hard days.
Suck it up. One of the biggest gamers have to deal with in any game, casually or competitively, is defeat. As I’m writing this I’m watching vVv take on Team Coast in League of Legends NACL. They just surrendered with a 15k gold deficit. Will LordJerith see this one game and completely disband vVv. Take away their birthdays? No. What we as an organization expect is for everyone to get better. If you can’t deal with a little defeat you’ve already lost.
What vVv as an organization is is a community that fosters competition and competitive attitude. If you haven’t checked out the Hall of Fame for vVv go do it right now. I’ll wait… Time in. All those accolades didn’t come from the person quitting after one loss. We should all want to add to that hall of fame in some way. Whether it be being there to cheer the teams on while they play their hearts out at huge tournaments or making the community the best possible place to be in E-sports. We can all contribute.
The attitude necessary to produce a championship caliber team, to make our community the best place to be in E-sports in general is the same attitude it takes to be successful with your fitness. I use multiple different ways to push myself through hard days and hard workouts. The main three big areas I get my mental attitude to pursue anything are betting, competition and friends and family.
Whether you bet yourself or others there’s usually something at risk. It could be Pride, money, having to wear a stupid monkey costume in a community video with bananas hanging from your chest. I often find myself on the treadmill within a half mile of finishing my run and thinking “I bet you can’t do another half mile an hour faster until it’s over.” Or “2 mile run? Make it 2.1 and we’ll talk.” Adding little stipulations to your life and workouts makes everything that much better when you finish it.
Kick it up to the next level. You and your friend packing some extra weight? See who can lose more in the next month, in a healthy manner of course. Whoever loses has to buy the other person a nice meal or get their multivitamin for the next month. Don’t have the energy to go to the gym? Take that friend and everyone puts a quarter in a jar and the first person to miss a scheduled day at the gym gives the jar over to the other person. When money is on the line people will work for things harder.
*Disclaimer: Kids, don’t gamble. Just don’t do it. Kthx.*
As this is by far the most common way people get motivated I’ll keep it short and sweet. Gaming you compete all the time. Every game you play you’re competing against the other team or even against yourself to beat an old score. Translate that into a better wellness and fitness lifestyle. Compete with your friend to see who can eat healthy foods longer. Did your friend run half a mile today and you did nothing? It looks like they’re in the lead skippy, buck up and lace on those shoes.
To fully commit to a change of habit sometimes we need that little imp across from us sticking out their tongue and laughing at us. Shut it up by becoming the best you that you can possibly be. Make it cringe for fear that whatever it can throw in your face to taunt you, you can throw back 10x the amount and laugh while you’re doing it.
Friends and Family:
One of the things we often forget about while we think about health and fitness is the effect on our families and our friends. Keep it in the back of your mind that your family and friends want you to succeed. vVv is a major group of friends and if you’re included in it I personally want you to succeed in whatever you want to do with your life. So use the motivation to live long enough to piss all your enemies off and keep your family or friends laughing right along with you.
I appreciate your time everyone and hope to be able to do many more things like this in the future and if I can help one person figure something out it’ll be worth it. My plan is to each week post a discussion blog about something fitness related that gamers can use in their everyday lives to pursue a healthy lifestyle so we can all game hard for many years to come. BelievVve it!