Tell Us Dammit

Tell Us Dammit

I’ve been on a mental health kick recently. Partly that’s been spurred on by me getting into climbing, and partly by the fact that Kotaku’s new Associate Editor Tracey Lien has basically become my unofficial nutritionist. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into sport, so it got me wondering — does anyone here take part in any regular sports stuff? Anyone play football, go running, anything?

Believe it or not, Tracey lifts weights and she’s recently upgraded to 3kg weights like a boss. Our designer Ben White does nothing but play DDR — that’s his exercise, and Elly used to blast through field hockey at uni but quit (I have a feeling she was more likely banned for life a la Happy Gilmore).

But what about you guys? Let us know in the comments below.


  • I used to play indoor soccer when i lived in melbourne, but i haven’t found anyone, or the time, to get back into it in Geelong.
    It was such an awesome sport.

    I joined a gym in geelong but stopped after a few months because of uni study and work getting too much to balance it.

    Sucks. I do love sport and exercise… and now i’m just getting lazier and lazier…

  • I go to the gym but thats kinda antisocial as the other dudes there are all meat heads.

    I would like to start playing a sport but don’t know what; as I am pretty noob at most things and I spose at this age a lot of people would be pretty good at their sports by now.

    • Don’t assume that. I play indoor cricket, and at least one team member a week will have a batting slump, or fail in their bowling (last week was me). But for a fun, social game, i suggest night lawn bowls. it’s easy, fun and you can drink at the same time! Hooray!

  • I have never played sports on purpose since high school.
    I still try to keep fit, I’m just not the sporting type.

  • I play football (soccer) twice a week with a whole group of mates. We’ve even got goal posts that we built out of PVC piping and nets. We set ’em up on an astro-turf pitch down the road.

    The standard is pretty damn good. Probably the most serious, not-very-serious game around town. Fair, quick, stylish play is encouraged – being a dickhead is not (no slide tackles etc.). It’s good fun.

  • When I jokingly ask people in the work kitchen if “I look like the kinda guy who doesn’t take sugar in his coffee?” they cough nervously, look away and head for the door.

    However I’m quite fit and only really a little bit overweight. Ten years ago I was a real tubbsy-ubbsy, ’til I started shifting boxes and loading cargo containers in a warehouse. Nothing like hard work to drop the flab – though I still weighed the same because I was building muscle.

    After that I starts tae kwon do which did wonders for my cardio and flexibility.

    Nowadays? Well, I don’t exercise but I also don’t eat loads of junk food. I don’t really monitor my calorie intake but I don’t do anything obviously unhealthy.

    As a result I am basically staying the same, maybe even shedding some kilos. It’s been awhile since I faced the scales.

  • Back in highschool (4 and a bit years ago, my goodness), I played Rugby. Then I dislocated my spine in a bad tackle (recovery from that was NOT FUN).
    Now it’s just general gym work.

  • Martial Arts – been training in Karate and MMA for a few years now. It’s been great but you really need to do alot of training outside of your normal classess to get a decent level of fitness up at the high grades.

  • Basketball once per week is decent fun.

    But by far the most exhausting exercise in my day is Toddler Wrangling. We have been blessed with a particularly psychotic child for whom the concept of sitting still is a mystery. I have never seen her walk anywhere – she runs. And FAST.
    (Yes, all toddlers are like this to some extent, but everyone comments on her particular energy levels)

  • I’m a long distance runner. Been running seriously for a fair few years now. I train 4-5 days a week generally. 2012 involves working towards the Canberra Marathon, SMH Half Marathon and then the Blackmores Full Marathon. .

    I also cycle a lot – XC mountain biking and I also enjoy regular long rides on my single speed.

  • I started playing in-line hockey out at Moore Park last year…I’m hoping that twice a week, plus twice weekly gym & swimming sessions will help get my weight loss back on track.

    That and a massive change in diet lol

  • Does playing Just Dance and Dance Central count as sport? sometimes it feels like one I guess in terms of exercise is that and the occasional time when my boss decides i’m playing errand boy for the day.

    Sad but i’m not ashamed.

  • I hit the gym 3 times a week with a trainer (otherwise I’d lose motivation and quit pretty fast) and do some extra work at home when I can.

  • I play cricket during the summer months, football (socc…urgh) during the winter months (as well as referee), squash 3 times a week all year, tennis when no one wants to play squash with me (though I’m hopeless at it), and have recently started jogging again in order to lose some more weight and increase cardio.

    I fucking love my vitamin D!

  • I play Semi Pro Football (soccer) in the SuperLeague (SA) so that keeps me busy, Training 3 times a week and i play Saturdays.

    Come to think of it, i find it really hard to find time to game =/

  • In used to play a lot of soccer, as well as a bit of basketball and tennis when I was in high school. Unfortunately, 10 years of soccer ruined my knees, ankles and hip hip joints, so I can only run for a couple of minutes before something hurts pretty badly. Nowadays I settle regular strolls with good company.

  • I have the metabolism of a cheetah. I haven’t changed weight for 6 years so I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing, as it seems to e working.

    That is doing nothing by the way.

  • Last Year i came out of retirement to play field hockey but ended up in hospital twice and now have a scar and a slight limp. So i’m looking for a new sport, maybe lawn bowls.

  • I played field hockey in high school, stopped for a couple of years then got back into it.
    Been playing for several years now and I still remember the feeling as the old skills came back. It took about a year and a half.
    I don’t play anything durring summer months, but I’m more of a winter person anyway.

  • I enjoy play a few sports, i have played tennis for the past 2 years as well as touch football. I will point out that i am horrible at both but you don’t have to be good to enjoy being outside, especially when its nice weather!

  • Good range of answers from this community. Good to see we’re not all meat-heads.

    I’ve never been one for team sports, so I gravitate towards running, bike riding, swimming and badminton. I have dabbled in several martial art styles – Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Wu Shu.

    Currently running is my activity of choice.

  • I don’t think you actually mean a ‘mental health kick’ but rather a ‘health kick that is mental, as in very intense and all-consuming’

  • I run 4km every second day, really helped get me out of bad place. The clarity from doing something like that totally off-sets how hard it can be at times…

  • I used to play baseball, basketball and cricket. Now I just walk home from work (well, the train station) 3.8kms each day. Shift it into high gear though, don’t want to stroll.

  • I’ve played Rugby League since I was 5, because I saw my older brothers team got lollies if they won and thought, damn, I want in on this. I has a decent crack and played A-Grade a couple of years ago and made the grand-final in my local competition, but the ref robbed us and gave the other team a penalty goal in the last minute (we lost by a point). Now I just play reserve grade for the footy piss-ups and end of year trips.

  • I played American football for about 6-7 years. I recently tried to go back (2007) but busted my knee and now i can’t do anything that is high impact (running and therefore most sports)

    I have recently taken up playing NFL Blitz on XBLA. That count?

  • I play tennis every now and then, but nothing I would call a routine. Used to love athletics back in school (high jump, sprint, relay, etc), but I don’t get the chance to do much of that stuff anymore.

    And yeah, pretty much anything that isn’t a team sport. Though I did enjoy Ultimate Frisbee… that was awesome. xD

  • I ride my bike to work once or twice a week, depending on the weather. I drink alot of water too (litres a day!), thanks largely to my Awesome Water dispenser unit. I used to drink alot more soft drinks, but now save them only for meal times.

  • After I moved interstate for work and didn’t know many people, one of the guys in my office suggested joining his hockey club. As he put it, “It’s more of a drinking club with a hockey problem”.
    Fitness is a bit behind coming into this year after I got a stress fracture a few months back. Upside of that was the doctor’s orders to walk as little as possible, aka sit and play games as much as possible. Good timing for dark souls and skyrim.

  • Well, you already know I do climbing 😛 Been doing that once a week for the last two years or so now. But just for Christmas my sister got me a unicycle – somewhat of a childhood dream ever since I first played Unirally >_>

    Spent ages on it trying to get somewhere. But by the end of Boxing day, I broke that one. The pedal popped its threads and kind of fell off. Took it back to Aldi, ordered another cheap one from some other site. Kinda broke the seat on that one, pulling too hard on the handle to try and balance myself 😛 And now the left crank keeps coming unscrewed and falling off… :/

    But regardless of the state of my unicycles, it’s gotten me outside and doing exercise for longer than anything else I can remember in forever. Sunlight! Vitamin D! Ridonculous amounts of sweat annoyingly dripping off my nose!

    It ain’t right. But it’s happening.

  • Quite like doing some rock climbing whenever I can (which is rarely nowadays). I also used to do Shaolin for a few years but then did my back in. Always wanted to go back but then got lazy then eventually had no time for it.

  • I play football (soccer) on Saturdays, and train on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    I highly recommend employing regular time each week to get outside and do some exercise. Very beneficial in numerous ways.

    Also, Tracey lifts weights?! I’ll be more careful what I say from now on…

  • I took up ocean kyak fishing (paddle). Great workout and andrenaline rush (4m sharks are scary!), and fish is good brain food! I’m just about to start squash again to work out my lower limbs…my knees and ankles are quaking in terror.

  • I used to play In-line Hockey. I would play Ice Hockey now but dont have the time or the money (its bloody expensive).
    Currently I mountain bike once a week (sometimes more).
    I play pool twice a week (although that’s not excesize)
    Ocassionally walk the dog
    I ski and snowboard but obvioulsy thats seasonal.

  • I’ve always been useless at sports so get my exercise by taking long walks on the beach and doing hard yakka cleaning up my backyard.

  • I had to quit all the sports I played thanks to high school bullying leaving my left leg permanently damaged in multiple places. I can barely run without my leg going into pain overdrive

  • Used to play cricket in school.
    But, generally I am not a team sport kind of guy.
    I went through a big weight loss / health kick a few years back (from 120kg – 87kg). That was done through going to the gym, using a nutritionist and personal trainer, and completing changing the way I ate.
    However, I have put most of that back on.
    Now I am on the path to losing it again. Doing the C25K program. Hitting the gym to do weights and probably some more cardio. Hopefully learning to swim soon (if the damn school gets back to me and is able to organise itself out of a paper bag) which should led me to use the salt water pool by our beach or even the beach itself :). Have a bike on lay-by which I will start using instead of driving places. Also on Fitorcacy which is fun.
    Changing my diet as well to eat healthier. Moving to organic, local and sustainable meat and vegetables.
    I would recommend Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defence of Food if anyone is interested in looking at what you eat and what goes into it.

  • I used to play Bastketball, then I took a Chondromalacia Patellae to the knee.

    So now I run for a few weeks until my knees go bust, wait a month, run for a few weeks…

  • Mainly running, doing the C2S in perth. Footy on the weekends and the gym every morning. Gives me precious little time for games until the weekend but im enjoying it at the moment.

  • Used to be a sports and gym junkie which all stopped when I met my now wife 10 years ago.

    I recently jumped on the scales and weighed in at a ridiculous 122.7KG. That was the kick-start I needed to do something.

    I changed my diet completely and joined the Gym the next day. I go 4 times a week and do some minor exercise on my off-days (skipping etc).

    I weighed myself for the first time last week (after 8 weeks) of intense training and am now 100.2KG. The goal is 95KG because I’m 6 foot 2 and anything less would be ridiculous regardless of what the BMI says.

    My brother is also a Personal Trainer and professional Muay-Thai Kickboxer and has been working me to the bone once a week as well.

    Pretty proud of the achievement so far. 22KG in 8 weeks is massive but I fit back into 34 jeans which I haven’t done since I was 20.

    • Yeah totally agree on the BMI thing. I am around 6ft 2 also and form memory I have to get to around 85 to be a “healthy” weight.
      I got to 87 and everyone was saying I was looking to thin and gaunt.
      I think for that height somewhere between 90 – 95kg is good. Depends on muscle etc though.

      • Yeah spot on.

        Without sounding like a dick I’m pretty muscular and have broad shoulders etc. My brother who is shredded as all hell (he fights professionally as I mentioned) is 1 inch shorter than me and weighs 91KG so I’d be very content at 95KG.

        • Yeah I’m the same way. Mediterranean background so I have some genes that mean I am pretty bulky. 🙂
          95 and you should be fine. Especially if you just want to loose some weight and be fit.

    • Holy shit Tonez that is some awesome weight loss. I am roughly 120 after coming down from 128 4 months ago. I do a crapload of exercise but I am guessing your diet changed heaps for that amount of loss which is my area of weakness. Also grog I must give up delicious grog.

      • Hey Mate,

        Yeah I changed my diet a shitload and I have one cheat day a week, otherwise I’m taking in about 1500 – 1800 calories a day and I’ve been off the booze for 8 weeks now except on a cheat day.

        First two weeks was tough but once you shrink your stomache, you’re okay.

      • If you don’t want to completely cut out grog try having stuff like vodka, lime (real lime) and soda.
        Any alcohol is kind of useless calories but something like that is not too bad.
        And when I went on big health kick I didn’t stop drinking just switched form beer and I still lost my weight. 🙂

  • Used to do weightlifting on both a state and national level for a few years but then I took an osgoods schlatters to the knee.

  • I have played many a sport,
    cricket, bball, tennis, hockey, footy, indoor cricket, squash, swimming…
    I played sport 7 days a week up until i turned 20.

    Now all i do is eat heaps more food, go to the gym twice a week (one is a cross-fit boxing class that wrecks my cardio/ the other is a leg-weights session with the local bodybuilder (he effs you up bigtime))
    Oh and my other sporting hobby is golf, my handicap is down to 11!

  • Used to play basketball, cricket and Aussie Rules (REAL football). Now, mainly running and a bit of weights, but no body-building or anything.

  • I rock climb with friends on Monday night, and play comp squash during the week, along with some practice on the weekend.

    I tried joining a gym once, but couldn’t sustain the interest. That’s what is so good about playing sport. It’s much more interesting than bland repetition.

    Sport is like playing a video game, but the resolution is better, the controls are instinctive, and the AI is more human-like. Mostly.

  • 4 years of Professional Wrestling, took a year off to rehab a knee injury (no arrows used) and currently slimming down and re-toning my body for a comeback to the ring around August.

  • ULTIMATE FRISBEE! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this game, having played club soccer, cricket, water polo and squash I can’t believe that it isn’t more popular. Great team sport, full of action packed speccy moments and just great fun. I get injured less than when I was younger playing other sports despite being just as physical and you only need one piece of equipment! Can’t wait for the weekend now…

    • Heh. I have a bunch of friends that played / are playing Ultimate Frisbee. It definitely looked fun and you got a work out.

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