GamerFitNation presents Lester Solomon aka ‘9thGenHero’ as True Gamer of the Week.
9thGenHero lets us into his world. I’m a husband, martial artist, and gamer that enjoys spending time with family and friends. Outside of martial arts and video games, I’m also a hardcore boxing fan, I love to read comic books, and I appreciate listening to all different kinds of music. I’m currently a contributor to the HipHopGamerShow, providing editorial videos in my Secret Level video series, as well as a co-host of the GAMERZ411 gaming podcast. Sometime within the year I hope to bring to fruition ideas put together by myself and Syndicate0n of Real Otaku Gamer, it’s currently a work in progress =) I have owned a Nintendo Master System, Nintendo Gameboy, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, and Sony PSP. Super Mario Brothers sparked my interest in gaming.
Workout/Diet For workouts, I practice martial arts 2-3 times a week for 1-2 hrs. I also go jogging 2-3 times a week, running 1-2 miles, and visit the gym for light weight training exercises that supplemental to my martial arts training. For eating habits, I eat strictly 3 times a day, watching my balance of proteins and carbs. I will cheat and enjoy ‘junk’ food on the weekends, but still watch my portions. I do not drink or smoke.
Health wise goals: The holidays and functions over the past few months led to my ballooning to 190 lbs. Which is not good for my 5’7” frame. I’m currently working towards a healthier 160 lbs. I want to achieve that goal and create the perfect balance between my gaming and exercise habits.
Advice to gamers who are struggling with weight issues: I enjoy pizza and soda like any other gamer, but gamers have got to learn to control their eating habits. I would suggest finding healthier alternatives to what they are drinking and eating while gaming through the week, and save that pizza night for a Friday or Saturday night. Drink plenty of water to help flush the system of toxins, and try drinking hot tea to help with digestion. Get enough sleep and save late night gaming sessions for the weekends or days that you know you can sleep in. Incorporate a workout 2-3 times a week for at least 1 hr. The workout can be in a form of outdoor exercise, or a video game that promotes exercise. A few that stand out to me are Wii Fit, Just Dance, Dance Central, and The Fight: Lights Out. If you play those games 2-3 times a week for 1 hour, on top of adjusting eating habits, you will definitely see improvements and maintaining proper weight.
Opinion on Health and Gaming: Gaming, beyond existing as an essential medium of entertainment, is establishing itself as a tool for learning and promoting healthy living. There are many mental, physical, and social benefits to be gained by playing games that implement ways for people to play together and that challenge people’s mental and physical abilities. With the advent of motion controls, health advocates and gaming companies are now working together to provide ways that gamers can benefit and improve their health. While I still think this direction in gaming is still a work in progress, I’m very happy that it is moving forward as an option for gamers that otherwise would not pursue other activities to improve their health.
Opinion on the gaming industry and how they handle health: Beyond the 3 big companies, I’m actually very impressed and happy with 3rd party publishers, and how they are creating games and gaming applications that are promoting healthy living. I am also happy to see that fitness programs are collaborating with gaming companies to bring their unique workouts to gaming consoles.
Motion Technology: I think that motion control technology is great. I’ve experienced and felt the benefits across the three current technologies. I do feel that although the hardware is amazing, the software still needs to step up to prove each technologies’ worth. I love to think big and I still haven’t been totally blown away by what is out right now, but I’m still impressed and am looking forward to that killer app that establishes motion control as a way to game beyond being ‘optional.’
GamerFitNation would like to thank 9thGenHero for letting us into his world. Welcome to the True Gamer Club.