True Gamer of the Week: Gary Swaby

GamerFitNation Presents Gary Swaby as True Gamer of the Week.

 

 

Gary let’s into his busy world.  I am 25 years old, living in the UK. Obviously gaming is a big part of my life, but I also have a few other interests that I am very passionate about; such as Hip Hop and Reading and Writing. For the past three years or so I have been a part of TheKoalition.com, to which I’m also a co-founder. We were just a bunch of guys who had a serious passion for both Gaming and Hip Hop, so we put the two elements together and created a platform. I also run a blog called TheEpicNetwork.com which is a combination of Hip Hop and Movie content. I gain my most income from being a web development consultant, but I like to try new ways to make a living. I am currently in the process of writing a couple books. One of them will be all about the experience of living with Sickle Cell Anemia. With it I hope to raise more awareness, plus allow it to be a resource for the children who suffer from Sickle Cell. They need to know that they are not alone in their suffering, so I hope my experiences can help them as they grow up.

If you are interested in any of this then please contact me on Twitter @GarySwaby.

Gary has gamed on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, iPhone, PSP, and PC. Honestly, I couldn’t give you the name of one game that sparked my interest in gaming. I just remember seeing my brother play games on his Commodore 64, then his Master System and then his Sega Megadrive (Which was the name for Sega Genesis in the UK). If I had to pick a few games that made me decide “Ok this gaming thing is really what I’m interested in right now”; they would be Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Herzog Zwei and Streets of Rage (all three).

Workout/Diet

I have to take working out very lightly because I suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia, which is a serious blood disorder that mainly people of color inherit. This means that I shouldn’t over exert myself because it could trigger a Sickle Cell Crisis. It’s still important that I get a little bit of exercise though, to help blood circulation and breathing. I just try to do some push-ups every two days, some squats on the other days, and I also do a lot of walking. I don’t drive because I would rather walk a lot since I can’t really have a serious gym routine. As far as eating, I don’t particularly stick to any kind of diet. The Sickle Cell has made me very skinny so I try to get as much protein as I can to help develop my muscles. Health wise Goals: As a Sickle Cell sufferer, I just want to stay as healthy as I can. There’s nothing more depressing than being in a hospital bed for two weeks at 25 years of age, surrounded by old people who are unfortunately nearing the end. I’ve had to do this many times because of the pain, and it really messes with my mentality. I just want to make sure I’m healthy enough to enjoy my life and get everything I can out of it.

Advice to gamers who are struggling with weight issues: Well I have a lot of experience with weight issues, but as I said, it all stems from my illness. However I know from experience that a good game has the power to make us forget to grab some food. Not only is it important to take breaks from your gaming sessions, it is also important to eat at least three times a day so your body gets the nutrition it needs to function. If you are a gamer like me who has trouble gaining your desired weight; then all I can say is do the best that you can following the three meals a day routine, with snacks in between, and of course exercise. If you’re the type who has trouble losing weight, I really don’t have that kind of experience so all I would say is definitely make sure you get enough exercise, and be sure to take a break from gaming to do something else.

Opinion on Health and Gaming: As I said before, I think it’s essential that every gamer takes their health seriously. Even those who aren’t gamers should be taking it seriously. Seeing as I am a Sickle Cell sufferer I have a lot of difficulties with mobility, and this has affected how I live overall. The whole experience of living with Sickle Cell has taught me how important health is to everyone. You need to stay healthy if you want to continue to enjoy life and of course enjoy video games. Opinion on the gaming industry and how they handle health: I think things have been a lot more geared towards the healthy crowd this generation. Platforms like the Wii, Kinect and Move force you to actually use your body. They make gaming more of an activity, which is a good thing. It’s added a whole new lane under the umbrella. When I saw that game for the Wii that allows you to use an exercise bike I was like “Ok this right here is a representation on how much gaming has evolved”. Combining gaming and health is one of the smartest things you could do. You’re giving people something they need, with something they want to do. I’m anxious to see what they can think of next.

I feel that Gamer Fit Nation was a great idea on Antwand’s behalf. It’s easy to get engrossed in a video game and then forget your daily routines; whether they involve health, work or other activities. More gamers need to be conscious about their health. Health is essential to enjoying a fun filled life, so by Integrating a healthy lifestyle with a healthy gaming lifestyle you can be confident that you’re getting everything you can out of your life. Gamer Fit Nation may seem like a very niche platform, but fitness is actually something that every gamer should be conscious about. Therefore I feel that GamerFitNation is a platform built for every gamer; and should not be thought of as a niche site.

GamerFitNation would like to thank Gary for taking the time to tell us about himself. We appreciate your detailed answers. Welcome to the club.

 

 

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