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The Gamer’s Guide to Staying Healthy and In Shape

The Gamer’s Guide to Staying Healthy and In Shape

I know that you love playing video games and strive to become an e-sport athlete like Søren Bjerg and many others who have dedicated their lives to gaming, but if you do not take proper care of yourself, you won’t be able to do that. Your physical and mental health can dramatically impact the virtual performance in games.

Other than this, there are several other reasons why gamers should strive towards a healthier lifestyle, and the number one reason is obesity. Obese people usually have lower testosterone, lower reaction times and mental fogginess, and this is something that can interfere with the way you perform at video games.

The next one is posture. Some of the side effects of bad posture are back and shoulder pain, reduced lung capacity and so on. This can also affect your gaming performance; how will you defeat your enemies if your back is giving you a hard time?

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But, one of the worst injuries that gamers have to deal with are hand injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, and this is all because they are not taking proper precautions. Some of the greatest players had to retire because of the severity of their injuries.

As a gamer, you have a responsibility to improve both your virtual and real life abilities. Staying healthy and in shape has numerous rewards for you, even in the virtual world, so this is why I have prepared this gamer’s guide with some simple and easy advice you can implement.

Take Breaks

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    I know that you are excited to play games, especially new ones, but that does not mean that you need to spend your whole day in front of the screen. Staring at the screen for a long time is not only bad for your posture, but it can also lead to dry eyes, eye strain and even headaches. If you are starting to notice some of these health issues, you can look up online health care and get yourself checked without having to waste time at the hospital. Taking breaks from gaming is extremely important. So you can make a break every 15 to 20 minutes, whether it is just looking away from the screen, or preparing yourself a little snack.

    Take Time to Prepare Healthy Meals

    Just because your new game has you in its grips, it doesn’t mean that you should forget to eat properly. If you live with roommates or alone, the chances that you are responsible for preparing your own meals are big, so always take time and prepare yourself something healthy to eat before starting a gaming session.

    It doesn’t have to be something complicated, you can always go for a bowl of soup or some healthy, easy to make salads, or you can get a little creative and recreate some meals from video games to make this more fun. It is important to take a break. Your body needs fuel, and if you skip on your meals, you will mess up your blood sugar levels. This causes mood swings and energy crashes.

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    Substitute Unhealthy Snacks for Healthy Ones

    I know that it is easy to eat your way to the bottom of a bag of chips while you are gaming, but these high sugar, high fat and highly salty snacks only damage your health. This can be called mindless munching, and it is a side effect of eating while gaming. This way, you can consume too much calories that can lead to weight gain and some other serious health issues like diabetes and various heart conditions.

    Substituting unhealthy snacks with healthy ones can be a little difficult when you are in the middle of a battle, but you can always prepare your snacks in advance. Always choose fresh fruit, unsalted nuts, trail mix and even beef jerky is a healthier alternative to sugary snacks and crisps. If you want to consume some cereal bars to get that needed fuel, always choose those that are made from natural ingredients, with no added sugars.

    Do Some Home Exercises

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      Since you spend most of your days inside, you should take some time to do some home workouts and give your body a fitness boost. The best way would be to switch off the computer or console and go out for a run. But there are new games waiting for you, so I know that this is not going to happen. Any free time you manage to set aside should be used to do some simple home workouts, like exercises with easy to access products. These home exercises will improve your posture and they’ll counter the effects of prolonged sitting while gaming.

      Don’t Forget To Have a Social Life

      Teen friends playing TV games

        I bet you have heard those stories where some gamers became so addicted to gaming that they never went outside again; that they didn’t eat or sleep. I am not suggesting that you are this obsessive, but be true to yourself. How many times have you turned down some social invitations because of gaming? Spending all of your time alone will make you feel isolated, and that can affect your immune system and make you prone to stress. You see why it is important to have a social network of family and friends; you will deal with stress better. So, put down that controller or keyboard and mouse for a while and start making friendships in the real world.

        You as a gamer have a responsibility to improve both your virtual and real-world abilities. By improving your physical self, you will receive numerous awards in the virtual world, and the best part is, you don’t have to be a wannabe be pro gamer to listen to my advice and apply it in your life. Staying healthy and in shape will have huge benefits, and not only in the world of bits.

        Featured photo credit: stock.tookapic.com via pexels.com

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        Ivan Dimitrijevic

        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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