And by "spare time," I'm obviously not talking about taking care of the kids or fixing the car. I'm referring to your free time.

So, are video games your #1 hobby? Have they always been? Has it changed over the years? What do you enjoy doing when you're not sitting down with a game?

As the average age of a "gamer" continues to rise and the majority of those who partake of interactive entertainment are "casual" by definition, one has to assume most of us have other hobbies. And as we get older, our tastes change. The amount of free time we have changes, the amount of money we have changes, and what relaxes us changes. Time was I could relax with the toughest damn game available (hey, I beat Ninja Gaiden on Xbox) but I wouldn't bother with that today. There was also a time when I could play a game for five or six hours straight. But I can't do that anymore; not only would I want to do something different after the first few hours, but my susceptibility to eye strain won't allow more than two hours, anyway. And that's perfect 'cuz it's really all I want to spend on any given day.

I've reached a point where I've become a voracious reader and active writer, so I suppose you could say literature in all forms has become my primary hobby. Crossword puzzles have become a big thing for me, too, believe it or not. However, on the flip side, I enjoy the outdoors more than ever; things like hiking, tennis, basketball, football, swimming, etc.; I'm more likely to do it now than ever before. And as I've aged, I've become more and more interested in both mental and physical health, so I feed my brain with the written word and in the past few years, I've dropped 45 pounds by exercising 6 days a week, alternating cardio and weightlifting. Now, at 37 years of age, I'm proud to say that with a 6'3 frame, I weigh about 182 with approximately 13 percent body fat and a resting heart rate in the low 50s. In short, I'm in the best shape of my life…perhaps both mentally and physically. 😉

What about you?

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