I’ve noticed a pattern of certain activities common in the financial independence movement.
You can’t generalize completely but lots of the community seems to love biking anywhere and everywhere along with hiking in nature and running. Weight lifting and strength training seem popular too. Where’s all the love for the game of basketball?
You don’t need a gym membership to play. You can just chug on over to the local recreation center to the outdoor court and play in a pickup game. I’ve read a lot of these websites and never hear a mention about the humble game of hoops. Is it a lack of coordination and skill or those other great sports are that much better? You can play 5 on 5 shirts vs. skins and have a tremendous workout. Just don’t try and play in running shoes. I did that in my youth and rolling your ankle over in those is a recipe for long term sprain pain. Even if you can’t find a full court pickup game just going out and shooting around by yourself for 30 minutes is fun and free. A ball only costs about 20 bucks and lasts a couple of years with regular use and you probably don’t even need to buy one as somebody at the park probably has one right now and is willing to share.
I used to play all the time but had to give it up because the game is a little too rough on the city courts. I wasn’t used to all the physical play and getting hit with so many elbows so maybe an old man’s rec. league is more my speed these days. it’s something I enjoy and am skilled enough to play with average players. At 5’10” on my best day and a little slow I won’t be signing any NBA contract soon but would like to find a way to get back to the game. Can you dribble and shoot a basketball or do you just prefer other activities?
Some other activities super savers don’t seem to do.
- Golf: It was a good day when I put my golf clubs away 4-5 years ago. I was not a natural like the other “rotation” sports. Basically it was no fun to go out and not be any good and pay for the privilege. Where we live you could go out and carry your clubs on a public course for around 20 bucks for a round. So it wasn’t the cost that eventually turned me off to it, but the fact that it could take up 4 hours or more of your time and the fact that the nearest course were at least a 30 minute drive from my house keeps me on the sidelines. I even took a lesson or two some years back but the practice ranges are far away too. Have I ever told you how much I loathe getting in the car to do an activity? I loathe it quite a bit. I gave away one set of clubs that I got for free from my old playing partner but keep a set ($50 used) around in case my very close friends might be getting together to play. I find it unlikely that I’ll be going out regularly in the future, though. If I ever find myself living close to a course and range where I can buy a season pass I’ll have to rethink it. See, I enjoy practicing and improving but not if it means an hour of my time in traffic and laying out bucks at the same time. I haven’t really missed going out and being terrible.
- Hunting: I grew up in a hunting family and learned all the safety aspects of handling firearms and even taught a portion of the hunting safety course in my hometown of Buttcrack, Nowhere. My old man was a weapons instructor for the prison system and he shot a deer almost every year when I was growing up. It wasn’t a big production like some have to make with tree stands and thousands of dollars worth of gear and travel, either. He just put on his blaze-orange jacket and walked to the woods behind the house and sat on a log and hopefully a deer would walk by. It seems to me like a pretty frugal activity so long as you’re eating whatever you kill, like turkeys or ducks or deer. I never loved it as running and basketball took up all my interest, but you don’t read much about the nature loving blog writers ever hunting much or fishing for that matter. Maybe they’re closeted hunters/fishers. I also never had the desire to gut and clean an animal that I may have shot. I love the taste of animal but have been perfectly happy with whatever they have at the grocery store. What about you? Have you ever tried any of these activities and loved or hated them?