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The Accidental Athlete

Athletes, by definition, are people who are born with some natural ability that gives them an edge in sports, but they’re actually fairly rare. Most people <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/promotions/nyrezolutions.aspx" target="_blank">need practice</a> to become good at anything. This should be an inspirational motivator if one of your <a href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/?p=9776" target="_blank">New Year’s resolutions</a> is to get fit, or if you were thinking of a new exercise routine regardless of the date. The idea of exercise is boring for a lot of people, but playing games can be fun – especially if you’re good at them. So, maybe the trick is finding a calorie-burning activity that caters to your natural abilities. But, what are they? Start by asking yourself these easy questions: <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Are you good at throwing things?</strong><strong> </strong></li> </ol> Some people have a natural throwing arm and others don’t, but it can be hard to tell. Day-to-day living often doesn’t provide an opportunity to gauge this kind of talent, although playing fetch with the pooch and using the hamper as a hoop are good indicators. If all your sock shots are going in and Fido is worn out from fetching it could mean that you’re accidentally awesome at one of several sports that rely on lots of accurate throwing like basketball, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/baseball-softball_2687.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">baseball or softball</a>. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Are you good at dancing and/or kicking things?</strong></li> </ol> Some sports require more fancy footwork than a good arm and if you’re light on your feet then maybe one of these activities is your ticket to a fun exercise routine. Coordination is one thing, but just being able to kick the stitches off of something can also be a skill. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/soccer_2375.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">Soccer</a> and kickball are two activities that can put those kicking skills to good use. Sure, there’s also running, but running is always easier when it’s punctuated with opportunities to kick stuff. That’s a scientific fact. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Are you good at hitting things (often with other things)?</strong></li> </ol> It’s probably not something you talk about at parties, but maybe you’re good at hitting stuff. Aggressiveness, when focused in the right direction, very often leads to accidental awesomeness in sports. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/volleyball_2579.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">Volleyball</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/racquet-sports_2994.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">tennis</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/golf_3115.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">golf</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hockey_2377.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">hockey</a> and <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/football_2376.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">football</a> are all activities that involve skill with hitting things and/or running into people. You may also accidentally discover that this is great for stress relief, too. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.       </strong><strong>Are you good at staying afloat? </strong></li> </ol> Swimming. Definitely try swimming. <em>Don’t know where to go to get started?</em> Try your local fitness club or YWCA bulletin boards for information on community sports leagues, or start one of your own. Or, you can play with friends – whatever gets you out to discover the accidental athlete within. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wishes you luck in your exercise and sporting endeavors in the new year.
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