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Top 10 Gift Ideas For Gamers

Top 10 Gift Ideas For Gamers

Mainstream society seems to find it fascinating to mock gamers. “Gamers have no lives” is perhaps the most over-used cliché in modern comedies. But the truth is, gamers are wonderful people. I should know, because I’m one myself. But jokes asides, the number of gamers in our society is on the rise.

There are more gamers today than there have been ever before and everybody has at least a few of them in their social circles. Chances are you do too and for some of you, they might even be someone very close to you. Looking for an interesting gift idea for your gamer pal? Well, as a gamer myself, I’m here to present to you ten wonderful ideas.

1. A legacy gaming console

One thing is true for every gamer. They grew up as gamers, meaning they’ve been playing video games in every generation of consoles available ever since they were kids. Chances are they were very attached to their old Gameboy or PlayStation or Atari and have very fond memories of them.

Any of these legacy gaming consoles could help them dive in nostalgia and would therefore make a great gift. Most dealers selling these legacy consoles sell them along with hit games for the particular platform. So give your pal this gift and watch the child inside him/her jump with joy.

2. Geeky stuff

It’s no secret. Most gamers are geeks. And one thing about geeks is that they love geeky stuff. Everything they own needs to be special and unique. And above all, needs to be perfect. Every detail matters.

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Good thing is there are plenty of great “geeky” items you can find online, anything from a bed for cats to a fusion pool table and dining table that make great gifts for geeks. Any gamer with a quirky sense of geekiness will love these and appreciate these. And above all, they will love you for giving it to them. God I wish I had friends like you!

3. An eighth generation console

A legacy console may be a good way to tune your pal’s nostalgia gears, but nothing quite beats a new generation console. There are more games coming out these years than ever before and what gamer wouldn’t appreciate being able to play what they love?

Make sure you find out what consoles they already own because I can’t quite think about what one would do with a second PlayStation. But there are a lot of consoles out there and any one of them added to their existing collection could prove invaluable. They won’t cost you too much but they will make your gamer friend very happy.

4. A gaming laptop

The phrase “PC Master Race” is prevalent among gamers for a very accurate reason. Most PCs aren’t fixed models like gaming consoles. You have a wide variety of options to choose from and with that option comes the availability of very powerful machines, lot more than their console counterparts.

Although there are some games that are made specifically for consoles, most games are made for PCs as well. And there are many games made specifically for PCs. A gaming laptop may be more expensive compared to a console but there is no better way to show a gamer your love. Trust me.

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5. Gaming keyboard/mouse/gamepad

Most gamers already own a gaming rig so powerful that you can’t possibly afford to buy them something more powerful. But even in this scenario, there are gifts that your gamer friend might love.

Consider gaming controllers like gaming keyboards, gaming mouse or gamepads/joysticks. Each model of these available in the market have a specialty about them, something every gamer would appreciate. These are possibly the cheapest entry in this list but they’ll still make great memorable gifts never the less.

6. A VR headset (wearable)

VR headsets may still have a long way to go in terms of advancement but from the day they came out, it has felt like the future is here. If you’ve ever put on a VR headset, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They come in different shapes and configurations; some come with a built-in display, others use your mobile phones for displays.

With Google’s cardboard project, you could even build a DYI VR for you pal. May not be as effective as manufactured VR sets, but will hold a greater sentimental value for them. Anyway VR is the future and if your gamer friend is missing out on what fun is already available, you need to give them a VR headset as gift.

7. Posters of their favorite video games

Every gamer has a favorite video game or games. Mine are the Half-Life franchise and Red Dead Redemption. And if anyone gives me a poster of one of these games, I’d give them a big fat kiss.

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Find out what games your friend loves. Even if he points out several games, there will be one or two they’ll mention specifically. Gamers are very attached to the games of their likings, many at a religious level.

And what better way to show appreciation for what they love than to have a poster of it hanging in their bedrooms, or in their mom’s basement, as every boring stand-up comedian of this century would put it. (Ha ha)

8. An old video game

Like the old gaming console I mentioned earlier there are some games every gamer played as child that they were very fond of. If you look up popular games for any specific year, there’s a good chance your gamer friend loved it.

There are retails that deal in these old games, and as for the platform, if you can’t get a legacy platform to go with the game, just find an emulator. There are emulators for pretty much every old generation console available for PC, and just the fact that you found a game they loved as a child would mean the world to a gamer.

9. The latest video games.

Again, like the new gen consoles, nothing quite beats getting a new game. There are many major titles coming out every year, every month. Every week! If you know what games your friend loves you could select a new game that’s similar.

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Or if you don’t know what they love, well it’s okay. Just buy them the most popular new game available. We gamers aren’t naturally too picky about the games we play and even if it’s a really horrible game, we still love the idea of installing a new game and playing it for the first time.

10. Game related merchandises.

There have been many games made through the years. But some are just so epic that their fame creates a whole franchise around them. Leagues of Legends, Half-Life, Dota, Portal, Grand Theft Auto etc. are some examples. And each of these franchises deal in merchandises from the game’s fictional universe.

Every gamer has at least of few of these from his/her favorite game decorated in their rooms. So find out what games your gamer pal is really into and buy them a unique and quirky merchandise. Believe me, they will love it.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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