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Anyone here play sports in their spare time? I am looking to pick up a sport to supplement by workouts at the gym. Any recommendations? Thanks.
 

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I used to avidly golf, play waterpolo, and swim. I'm mostly running and cycling these days. Endurance sports are great, but extremely time consuming. What are you interested in?
 

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I play tennis and ski, both are fairly good for exercise purposes. I'm also an avid weightlifter.
 

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I lift weights and run as often as I can during the week. Until recently I played basketball once a week as well. I also golf regularly in the warmer months and during the winter I ski although not as often as I would like.
 

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I used to play alot of golf -- almost every weekend. Hardly at all anymore, now that there's the patter of little feet around my house. Takes too long, but if you walk rather than cart it's pretty good exercise. Before getting married (8 years ago), I used to sail competitively nearly every weekend as crew on a co-worker's boat; but that really takes alot of time, and I stopped doing that by the second year of being married. Sail racing is great exercise though, not to mention fun. Lots of great-looking women do it too; lots of parties....

Now I manage to play a decent amount of tennis and biking. Swimming in the May-September period. Jogging most mornings (tough on the cold, dark mornings we've had lately) for 15-20 minutes with the dog.

What sports you get in to depend alot what you want to get out of it. Lose weight? Bulk up? Get a tan? Socialize? Team sports?
 

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Used to play Rugby, then took up Hang Gliding. Both can take over your life.
 
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I am interested in all sorts of sports. I just like to try something new once in awhile.
 

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I play rugby, which can take up a lot of time - 4 hours of practice a week and all of Saturday. Also usually have one or two flag football leagues going and play basketball when I can. Used to play a good bit of ultimate frisbee too.

I'd recommend trying to find a pickup basketball game as a good way to get some aerobic exercise and meet some people.
 

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No one to speak on behalf of the martial arts out there? In my 30s I was a distance runner (10k and marathons) and then got into the study of karate when I was in my mid 40s. Depending on the school and its emphases, you can get any number of benefits (stretching along the lines of yoga, katas that improve your balance and coordination, sparring to help with that old testosterone-fueled need to compete physically, punching and kicking drills to work on cardio, etc.) Buy a timer that can be set up for three-minute rounds with 30 seconds of rest in between, find a heavy bag at the gym or set one up in our basement, and you're pretty much assured of a good workout.
 

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One of my pet peeves is calling a game whose players don't actively employ defense a sport. I love running, weight training, biking, and (if I knew how to do it right) skiing as much as some sports, but sports they ain't.

Anyways, I'm a rugger, too, and I'll actively suggest it. Most men's sides don't take up too much time (some practice just twice a week, with only once being mandatory for playing time), they love taking on newbies to the sport, and, well, rugby is the most fun I've had on an organized playing field (after doing nearly every physical activity out there). I think the intensity and physical demand of it is closest to hockey, if you need something to compare it to.
 

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One of my pet peeves is calling a game whose players don't actively employ defense a sport. I love running, weight training, biking, and (if I knew how to do it right) skiing as much as some sports, but sports they ain't.
Interesting.  What do you them then?

Hypo:
A: hello, I'm a professional athelete.
C: oh really?  what sport do you play?
A: actually, I don't play a "sport"
C: eh?
A: to be more specific, I'm a professional cyclist.  cycling isn't a sport, it's a [insert answer].
 

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One of my pet peeves is calling a game whose players don't actively employ defense a sport. I love running, weight training, biking, and (if I knew how to do it right) skiing as much as some sports, but sports they ain't. Anyways, I'm a rugger, too, and I'll actively suggest it. Most men's sides don't take up too much time (some practice just twice a week, with only once being mandatory for playing time), they love taking on newbies to the sport, and, well, rugby is the most fun I've had on an organized playing field (after doing nearly every physical activity out there). I think the intensity and physical demand of it is closest to hockey, if you need something to compare it to.
So by your definition the NBA wouldn't be a sport then
 

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In the warmer months I play golf. RIght now I like to play squash singles mostly, doubles once in awhile. Great workout for about 45 minutes.
 

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