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Staying Alive

by MariShapiro   June 03, 2010 at 5:01PM  |  Views: 158

Games are amazing. Video games, board games, outdoors, indoors, I just enjoy them. My family had a large cedar chest filled with all sorts of board games while I was growing up - Monopoly, Scattergories, Candy Land, Shoots and Ladders, Operation (that never worked), Mouse Trap, Life, and even the Zelda board game, which I bought because for some reason I had this false hope that the Zelda NES game was inside. Video games have always been a big part of my life, from the Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64, to the Xbox 360 I own today, I've always loved video games. I played sports growing up, and still enjoy playing them to this day.

I played soccer for 13 years, played baseball, basketball, did pole vault for the track and field team, and was on the wrestling team. Even though I don't follow or watch sports, I love playing. Even the claw game found in many public places I fancy myself with. One of my favorite current games is Disc Golf, and if you don't know what it is, you should check it out.

Obviously, there is a lot more to any human than just three things, but these are three things that have helped make me who I am today.

Alex Shelley

Often times, I get asked about physical fitness. This happens in a number of different settings. I've been asked before by other wrestlers, fans at shows, people at the gym, security guards at the airport, my younger brother's friends, waiters, disc golfers, mall rats, and probably more I just don't care to remember. It's funny in the sense people expect some magic answer. I wish I had one to give, but I don't.

I can tell you a few things that may make a difference though. Obviously, physical activity is a must. The type of activity varies with one's goals. Me? I do too much cardio and 45 minutes of weights most days. I don't lift heavy because that hurts. I do use proper form and lots of reps. I'd much rather look like the strongest guy in the world than be the world's strongest guy, if that makes sense. Stretching is SUPER important, unfortunately, it took a couple of herniated discs for me to realize that. Exercise is like a bike: if you keep peddling, you won't fall off. Then again, if you go too fast, you'll crash. It's important to find something that works for you. Overtraining is brutal. Remember that getting into shape is a process as opposed to an event. Furthermore, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.