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Gaming and exercise: Will Diablo III derail your discipline?

Even though I’m hardly a gamer, I couldn’t miss the fact that the highly-anticipated new game Diablo III was released this week. It’s difficult not to notice when half of your friends suddenly decide not to leave home for a few days. As they sit in their apartments, blissfully wrapped up in…whatever the levels or characters are called (as I said before, I’m not exactly a gamer), it’s difficult to really blame them for doing this. After all, what’s really the harm in claiming a few summer days for a well-earned gaming break?

Well, naysayers love to hate on video games for all sorts of things. Usually the complaints tend to fall on two different ends of the “activity” spectrum; either people are bemoaning the idea that video gaming activity encourages violence, or they’re claiming that gaming’s sedentary nature encourages laziness.

But what about other, healthier activities — like exercise? If video games encourage violence, do they also encourage positive physical activity, like exercise? Or, if video games make people lazy, are gamers less motivated to go for a jog?

Should my friends be thinking about their waistlines while they’re tied to their computers?

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The making of a Tough Mudder.

Exactly one month ago today, I participated in my first Tough Mudder.

Officially billed as a “hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” (and unofficially billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”), you can imagine that it was hard to stand there, jumping up and down to keep warm (did I mention that this took place in November…in Indiana?!) without thinking about all of the social psychology going on around me.

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