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Not a Great Athlete? Some Good Sports that You Can Do Without Even Getting Up


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When people think about sports, they may picture grand events like the Olympics, the World Cup or the Super Bowl. They may only think of popular sports like football, soccer, baseball, basketball or hockey. They may imagine rigorous training and impressive physical specimens characterized by bulging muscles and pulsating veins.

But what about a sport for a normal person, who works and/or goes to school, and who, unlike Michael Phelps, doesn’t have all day every day to swim in a pool? If you’re an ambitious sitter looking to compete in a highly competitive sport, but don’t feel like getting out of your seat, here are some sports for you.

Texas Hold ‘Em (for the money-hungry sitter)

With the most recent first-place prize at the World Series of Poker being $8,715,638, there is a lot of incentive to learn this game. Texas Hold ‘Em is a form of poker that is relatively easy to learn. Each player is dealt two cards, and can use any of the five community cards to make the best hand. There are four opportunities to bet.

You don’t have to play high stakes just to compete. You don’t even have to visit a casino. Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the fastest growing online games, with a number of sites available that allow people to play for money, or just for fun. Online tournaments can even pave the way to the World Series of Poker.  Just ask 2003 WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker, who qualified by winning a tournament online.

So get deck of cards, gather a group of friends, pull up some seats, and take their money! Or just cozy up in front of the computer and get rich from home. Texas Hold ‘Em is a fun, fast-learning game.

Chess (For the lonely sitter)

Chess is a two-person game older than the United States. One theory is that it originated in the game “chaturaṅga,” which developed around the sixth century A.D. in India. The form of chess we know today came from late medieval Europe. The first official World Chess Championship was held in 1886, and the International Olympic Committee also recognizes chess officially since 1999, even requiring doping tests.

Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer proved chess can even lead to stardom. During the heat of the Cold War in 1972, Fischer faced off against Boris Spassky of the USSR in the World Chess Championship dubbed “the Match of the Century.” Fischer came back from being down two games to win 12½-8½, returned home a hero, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

So get your chess game up. It’s easy to learn and you don’t even need a real life opponent to play. For those of you without friends, you can play online against the computer, or against people all around the world.

NASCAR (For the fast-lane sitter)

Ever want to compete in front of millions of viewers worldwide from the comfort of a custom seat? Perhaps NASCAR, the second-highest-viewed sport nationwide, is the sport for you. With speeds of up to 190 mph, NASCAR racing has gained momentum since its humble beginnings in Dayton Beach on Feb. 15, 1948. In six decades, the cars and tracks have grown bigger and faster, and the fans have multiplied to the millions.

Although NASCAR seems simply to be cars going around in a circle, there is far more to it than that. There is teamwork, strategy, mechanics, science, and the presence of lethal danger. The greatest aspect of NASCAR is that attendees are allowed to bring their own canned beer in a cooler. It seems that people either love NASCAR or despise it. But what isn’t agreeable about drinking cheap beer on a Sunday, getting a sunburn on your shoulders, and watching cars go nearly 190 mph?

So, for you hardcore sitters, NASCAR might be in your future. The next time you get pulled over on the way to school, just tell the officer you’re practicing for NASCAR. It will certainly go over well.