Gaming Health Tips
Top 5 Tips for Gamers to Improve Health
Let’s be honest, gamers as a demographic aren’t always the most physically fit bunch, in fact some of the habits that tend to come with getting competitive at games can be quite bad for your overall health. That said this doesn’t mean that all gamers are doomed to be unhealthy. In fact, most players at the top level of eSports spend quite a bit of time exercising, because beyond making you healthier, there is a direct correlation between physical health and performance when it comes to reaction time both mentally and physically.
Incorporate Movement into Your Games
Most competitive online games don’t exactly leave time for a run between lives or kills, but there are things you can do in order to make the most out of your time. Typically after you just finished playing a game.
One of the most fun ways to do this is to connect exercises to in-game performance. Whether the game you’re playing with has kills or goals, there is always a way to do this. A very popular method in games like League of Legends is connecting simple compound exercises like pushups to the amount of times you die or how many kills you get in a game. Most of the time this is going to involve a small amount of exercise, only resulting in around 20-30 pushups per game you play, that said this is a huge improvement over being completely stationary which is what happens if you just hit ‘play again’ right away.
Compete with Friends
When paired with the strategy above, competing directly with friends who you’re playing with is one of the most fun ways to get a workout in. If the cadence changes so that each kill you get is making one of your friends do a pushup, you can turn the exercise you were ‘forcing’ yourself to do into a fun minigame within the actual competitive mode you’re playing.
This is great for team games as sometimes, taking the time to move a bit between games can mean you’re making four or more people wait for you while you work-out. These people waiting on you isn’t a bad thing, but it’s easy to end up skipping your workout because you feel bad about making them wait for you. Working as a team on this sort of thing is the best way to ensure that you end up holding one another accountable and getting your proper workout in.
Protect Your Eyes
Beyond just working out there are other parts of our bodies that we need to take care of to be happy and healthy. One of the most critical ones for gamers is ensuring that you’re protecting your eyes. In the end, human eyes weren’t really made to be staring at screens all day every day, but there are some things that you can do to make sure they don’t get damaged from your late-night gaming sessions.
The first thing you can do is keep your room well lit when you’re playing video games. Though late night sessions only lit by the laptop are a classic aesthetic, constantly switching between complete darkness and the bight light of the screen isn’t good for your eyes. Keeping everything lit helps ensure that your eyes don’t need to constantly strain to look at the screen.
The second thing you can do for your eyes is using apps like Flux that change the colour of your screen to avoid high blue lights in the evening. In more extreme cases you can buy glasses that will take care of this for you. Blue light is perfectly fine on its own, but it’s not a terrifically common light for people so looking at it all the time in a screen can result in headaches and will also make it very difficult for you to sleep after a gaming session.
Just remember, if you are getting headaches while gaming or working on your computer it’s likely connected to your eyes.
Swap Out the Snacks
If you’re at your computer or console for a long time it’s good to have food nearby seeing as you’re going to get hungry. The best food for this sort of thing is finger food that you can quickly have in a calm moment during the game. Unfortunately, most of this finger food is also junk food that is quite bad for you.
For honestly shockingly good changes to your physical health one of the best things you can do is swap out your food choices like chips for healthier options. Are carrots going to be as tasty as pringles? No, but it’s going to do a lot less damage to your system overall.
The same thing goes for drinks. Canned sodas are convenient, but just swapping them for water is going to do a huge amount for your health. Once again, it’s not as tasty, but it’s going to make sure that you can play for a lot longer.
Maybe it’s a cliché and Nintendo asking if you needed a break didn’t help, but there is a huge amount of research that shows that getting some time in the sun every day is a drastic improvement to someone’s physical and mental health. It doesn’t even need to be a long time in order to get positive effects, small walks as short as ten minutes have huge ramifications for people.
If you’re stuck inside for any reason, moving to a window can also help. It’s not going to do as much as directly going outside, but avoiding sunlight overall isn’t good for you, no matter how much a nice and cool basement might feel nice.
If you follow all of these tips you should be able to drastically improve your overall health without making too many changes to your current lifestyle, keep gaming and stay healthy out there!