Why A Geek Goes To The Gym


The gym may seem like the last place on earth you’d expect to find those inclined to gaming, sci-fi, computing, comic books and the like. But as this slew of shirts I happened across recently shows, there are more and more “geeks” getting into fitness. The motivation actually to hit the gym differs from person to person. For me, it was being tired of feeling lousy and being overweight. I was kind of worried that going to the gym as an adult would be a hostile experience for someone who isn’t the sporty type. While there are always a few dudes kind of strutting around (surprisingly not all of the strutters are even fit), for the most part it’s been a pleasant experience. What kept me going however is kind of interesting. XKCD really sums it up nicely here:


Yup, going to the gym is basically a big RPG with stats, levels and everything. You’ll have to hone new skills, you’ll keep an eye on numbers, eventually learn and obtain new equipment, purchase recharging drinks (protein potions!) and like the classic console RPGs, you’ll have to put in some time to get stronger and see results. While you may not find that everyone in the gym shares your interests, you’ll definitely see benefits. I’ve found that since I started exercising regularly, I slept better, had more stable moods and even became more creative. Writing music and programming can strain the mind, but some mindless lifting of metal circles can really refresh you. Each shirt pic has a link where you can pick it up and start you’re own collection.



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