A Nerd's Dilemma

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    Oct 25, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    Hey, doodz! This long-time nerd has run into a dilemma, and I'm hoping to find some sagely advice on my favoritest fitness site ever! icon_smile.gif

    I have found myself in recent weeks wishing I had some outdoor activity to do. I've never really been into sports; I was always more the academic and neverreally had time for it. My profession is IT, and pretty much all of my friends are in once facet of that industry or another, and - here's my problem - NONE of them are into working out in any way. They're just not into it, and they either don't have the time or the interest or experience/know-how to help me with this.

    So...the question is...how do you get into outdoor activities when you've never had a history of doing them before, and don't really have anyone in your circle of friends to cling to for it? I don't even really know where to start with this. Our weather has been so fantastic - when it's not raining - here in Memphis lately, and it's just been painful not having ANY reason to be outside. I also think such a thing would be a fantastic addition to my existing gym routine, to help tone up and build endurance, etc.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Most of the people I've ever known who made habits of being at a park or soccer field on the weekends have been doing sports and other such activities their whole lives. Please help this late bloomer get his footing! icon_smile.gif
  • Timbales

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    Oct 25, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Look for some recreational outdoor leagues that welcome new players, like softball or soccer. If you'd rather go solo, you can do running or cycling - but you can also find clubs for that.
  • KissTheSky

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    Oct 26, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Why don't you and your boyfriend get bikes and go bike riding on the weekends (or whenever.) You don't have to be a great athlete to do that, and it's a great way to enjoy the good weather.
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    Oct 26, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    I'm in a similiar boat - but i guess my friends are much more up for running around outside.

    Go for long walks, swimming, running (this can be done both solo and with a partner or two) , find a frisbee (these can be SO MUCH fun lol, i don't know why they went out of style) - though again you'd need a friend for the frisbee, or just play with a bouncing instrument of some sort.

    Lol just enjoy the outdoors! it can be a lot simpler than you think
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    Oct 26, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    Try Meetup.com and see if you can find any local sports clubs in your area.

    If not, then consider non-team sports. Like golf, tennis, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and so on.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Oct 26, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    You can look for a gay athletic league in the area; a lot of them do more than sports. Try rockclimbing. You can start indoor and try the real thing when you get more experienced. When you join athletic clubs like that you meet a host of new people. It's tough finding people you click with. Sometimes I find stepping in different environments does the trick.
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    Oct 26, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    Bike rides, jogging, brisk walks, frisbee (frisbee golf is fun), hiking, rock climbing, swimming, chasing after moving cars....ok...I've run out of ideas.

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    Oct 26, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    There are plenty of opportunities to meet like minded outdoor type people. I bet you just haven't explored the opportunities very much.

    Here in Nashville, we have an outdoor adventure club that has three or four things going on each week. I'm also involved with a group of kayakers and a running club. There's also volleyball in the park once a week, a climbing club, and cycling group that I know of. Then there's always pickup football, frisbee, and soccer games in the park.

    I'd be surprised if Memphis doesn't have similar activity groups.
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    Feb 01, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    Back in my antediluvian college days, there was a group of nerds that I knew - mostly biochem/biophysics double majors and the like - who for some reason all decided to take up riding the unicycle. They got a bit of exercise, but maintained their nerd cred at the same time.