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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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        30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

        30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

        Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

        That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

         1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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          Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

          2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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            If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

            3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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              It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

              4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                  Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                  6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                    These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                    7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                      You never know when you might need some.

                      8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                        Get all the info you need here.

                        9. Sangria!

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                          We know what’s really important. How to here!

                          10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                            By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                            11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                              Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                              12. DIY shower.

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                                All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                  Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                  14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                    15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                      Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                      16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                        Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                        17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                          It’s that easy!

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                                          18. Grits repel ants.

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                                            Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                            19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                              20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                  For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                  22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                    You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                    23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                      Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                      24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                        By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                        25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                          26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                            Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                            27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                              That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                              28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                  Get them while you can!

                                                                  30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                    With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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