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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 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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