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5 Simple Things Gamers Should do Every Day to Stay Healthy

5 Simple Things Gamers Should do Every Day to Stay Healthy

If you are a gamer, you’ve probably heard the same sentence over and over again, “Get up and work out more, start living a healthier life.” It’s either your parents or your inner voice, but whatever the case, these thoughts prevent you from relaxing and having a decent gaming session.

So, I have decided to share a few things about how to spend a lot of time playing video games and not feel guilty about it. At the same time, I’ll give you some useful tips to help you stay healthy and fit.

Common problems

First of all, there are problems that occur due to a lack of physical activity, and there are problems like common illnesses, which can still prevent you from having some quality gaming time. Both problems are common with gamers, since most of the day, they spend their time sitting and playing. An unhealthy diet and lifestyle are very likely to cause them to come down with some sort of illness.

It is important to build up a good immunity system so that you do not go down with things like a common cold, a fever, a headache, stomach pain, back pain, obesity, etc. Luckily, there are easy remedies for all these common problems that can help you live a little longer, so there is nothing to be too alarmed about, if they do happen.

However, these problems may be tolerable now, but as far as the future is concerned, you should be alarmed. In order to secure a healthier future, you will have to alter your routine a bit and adopt a few healthier habits.

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Of course, the point of all these tips is to still allow you to enjoy video games, so that you can win on both fronts. The point is to maybe lose some weight and prevent obesity and get more activity in general. Sitting is really bad for your heart, and you do need a more resilient immune system.

Hydrate

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    You might spend hours behind a screen and drink maybe two glasses of water at best. That’s really not even close to how much you really need. So, always have a bottle of water right next to you, and one of those vitamin pills, or magnesium pills. One glass of water can be consumed with the pill, and you should do your best drink some water every half an hour. When you need to go to the bathroom, use that time to stretch a bit and to take a small break.

    With the constant intake of new fresh water, you reduce the chances of headaches and your body is more active in terms of filtering out all the bad stuff. Also, you need to replenish your supplements, and magnesium is one of the most important elements for our metabolism.

    Staying active

    As you can see, simply taking more water won’t solve your problem, and even with couple of extra bathroom breaks, there is still a long way to go. You probably love to invest in gaming equipment, like chairs, mouse pads, new keyboards, etc. Well, if you play on consoles, you can get an exercise bike and paddle as you play.

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    You are still in one place, your legs are more active and it will hardly make your gaming time more difficult. Furthermore, you will remember to hydrate since your body will want water. In case you feel like it is difficult to play video games as you paddle. It’s simply a new challenge and an obstacle to overcome.

    As far as PC gamers are concerned, there is a treadmill desk you can try out. It’s a bit more challenging than a bike, since you don’t get to dictate the pace, but again, it is noting a true gamer cannot manage. With this kind of play time, you get to level up with your character and gain strength and stamina together, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

    Stretch

    As mentioned, sitting is really doing a number on your health, and you need to get the blood running. Luckily, games nowadays give you plenty of time to take a small break and stretch. There are loading screens in each game, so you have a time window to stand up and move a bit. There are waiting queues, where you wait other players to join in a multi-player game, and you also wait for them to either pick a character, or manage other features until the game starts.

    Also, in games, you die and wait for the respawn, so put that time to good use. After all, it’s a nice incentive to stay alive longer in game if you punish yourself with 5-10 push-ups after each death.

    Sleeping

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      Considering how your eyes are constantly exposed to the screen, it is not too surprising that you are having a hard time falling asleep. By following the tips mentioned before, you should get a bit more exhausted, and therefore, you’ll be able to fall asleep more easily.

      Unfortunately, that may not always be the case, and even if you are tired, falling asleep on time might prove difficult, and if you are to stay healthy, you need to have a healthy sleep cycle. So, you should stop playing one hour before bedtime to allow your eyes to rest. This gives you some time to do a 10-15 minute stretch exercise and relax.

      You can also eat food that will help you fall asleep more easily, but make sure you eat at least 2-3 hours before you turn in. You can eat some light snacks like cheese and crackers, almonds, walnuts, lettuce, or pretzels. Canned tuna, cereals and rice are good options for dinner meals, if you want to fall asleep quickly.

      You can add chamomile tea or passion fruit tea as an after meal drink. Sweeten your tea with some honey, and you’ve created an awesome “sleepy time combo”.

      Workout games

      Finally, the games you choose to play can also reflect on your lifestyle and health. Gamers tend to frown upon video games made for Nintendo Wii and for Kinect, but these are actually really fun games to play with your friends. They require you to stand up and move around, and they will have you sweating like crazy in no time.

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      Like I said, these are fun games to play when friends are around, since there is little joy or entertainment when you jump in your room all alone. In other words, you should organize friendly gatherings more often and play some of these games. You will see how they will slowly draw out your competitive side, and very soon, you’ll find yourself actually trying to be better, and you’ll be putting in extra effort.

      Well, we hope this helps you out and inspires you to alter your lifestyle a bit. As you can see, it will only take up a small portion of your gaming time, but you’ll be far more active, healthier, and you will socialize more. Games are truly an amazing art form and we should all enjoy them, but let’s not forget about our health, since it is also kind of important.

      Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/superanton-303885/ via pixabay.com

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      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

      Con #4: Unique Distractions

      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

      Final Thoughts

      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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