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Colonial Warrior

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I have a doubt if I have the Spors gene. I started to watch sports when I was 30. Before that I love pro wrestling.

Even I shaved my legs to use shorts like pro wrestler trousers when I was in college.

I just want to do it again but at my 350, I look unathletic!

Thank you so much for your interesting postings, @Barbsjw !
 

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I do water aerobics and swimming, not on a regular basis. (actually haven't done for quite a while... )
And I also do some exercises to stabilize my knee.
I like to spend time out for a walk.

All of this keeps me mobile but that's far away from being athletic in any way.
 

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To paraphrase an old country song, I'm pretty athletic for the shape that I'm in. (in more detail, my reaction speed and hand-eye coordination have always been mediocre, but my feet have always done well by me and I've been good at reading a situation such that I don't have to rely too much on reactions). Obviously these days I'm older, fatter, and more sedentary than when I did a lot of sports when I was younger, but I can still ski pretty well or flick-pass a soccer ball on target.

My wife, on the other hand, is completely non-athletic. She's fairly active and likes walking and biking, but, like, she managed to break her arm with her knee trying to go over a vaulting horse as a kid, she can't stand any sort of sliding, really doesn't twist and turn well, doesn't even like to walk on uneven surfaces. It was something that was a bit hard to adjust to at first, as it was hard for me to accept that some things that seemed so obviously fun to me were somewhere between 'not-fun' and 'terrifying' to her. It really is amazing how much difference there can be between genetics and preferences and upbringing.
 

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I'm definitely declining with my athleticism. Might have been that last 100 lbs, not sure.
 

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I'm definitely declining with my athleticism. Might have been that last 100 lbs, not sure.
I'm in that same boat (we are definitely gonna need a bigger boat 🤣 ).

I don't run anymore, which I think is a key attribute of athleticism.
Heck, running at my lowest adult weight of 192 wasn't an option; it would leave me hobbled for weeks (knees couldn't take the pounding), and that was 15 years and 160+ pounds ago.
Though, I do still engage in strength-training (weight-lifting, farmer's walks, etc.).
 

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I'm unathletic as in I have never played on/in any sport in my life. Mainly because I grew up 12 miles out of town and my parents were not going to run in to town constantly for sports. I've tossed a ball around a some birthday parties but that's the extent. I'm not physically unfit athletic wise with having a physically active job just not sporty.
 

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I used to do sumo. Does sumo count as athletics?
Definitely. At least in my book it does.

I would have added my own martial arts training to my accounting above, but since I haven't actively practiced in a while, it's not doing much at the moment to contribute to whatever shred of athleticism I might have left.

Does waddling count? Asking for a friend...
 

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My wife, on the other hand, is completely non-athletic. She's fairly active and likes walking and biking, but, like, she managed to break her arm with her knee trying to go over a vaulting horse as a kid, she can't stand any sort of sliding, really doesn't twist and turn well, doesn't even like to walk on uneven surfaces. It was something that was a bit hard to adjust to at first, as it was hard for me to accept that some things that seemed so obviously fun to me were somewhere between 'not-fun' and 'terrifying' to her. It really is amazing how much difference there can be between genetics and preferences and upbringing.
Your wife and I must be athletic-twins! Phys Ed in school left me traumatized and to this day I viscerally hate and avoid organized sports or athletics of any type. My problem always was that - especially for a woman - I'm pretty strong and have stamina. Both are held in low esteem in female sports. Since I have no speed, no sense of balance, rotten hand-eye-coordination, small hands, short legs - all sorts of things that effectively keep me from achieving any athletic success. Many Phys Ed teachers were downright cruel about my lack of talent - instead of doing an objective analysis what I might be good at physically and where the limits of my abilities were

Fortunately my parents taught me to bike before I could think - so I bike well and comfortably. I would've loved to learn how to skate - be it ice or roller - but despite years of trying and patient friends making an effort to teach me - I never got anywhere with it.

That said - I'm also no couch potato. I really like and need - physically, mentally, emotionally - to move around a lot and am terrible at sitting still. So I bike a lot, go hiking and do free water swimming in the summer - please just don't call it athletics or tell me I'm excercising!
 

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