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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

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        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.

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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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        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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