5 Tips for Video Gaming Fit

Admit it!  You’ve spent hours in front of your screen playing the Destiny beta, and for some odd reason you’re feeling a bit more sluggish than usual. It’s probably because you haven’t been maintaining your fitness level, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of this. But I’ve been working to change that, and I’d like to share some tips that I’ve learned along the way!

1.  First off, you’re probably snacking on a lot of chips, cookies, pizza (om nom nom!), soda, and a ton of other snacks that are high in complex and simple carbs. A lot these will give you a quick jolt of energy, but a lot of that energy gets wasted when you’re sitting there in your top-of-the-line Wireless X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Pedestal 2.1 video gaming chair! I’m not saying that these carbs are good, but I’m not saying they’re bad either. I recommend switching up your snacks to include some healthy and refreshing choices; here are some ideas that you can try!

  • Crackers and Bananas – Dividing evenly, spread 2 crisp bread crackers with 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top with 1 sliced small banana.
  • Sesame Popcorn – Toss 4 cups of popped popcorn with ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil and ½ sesame seeds.
  • Beef Jerky – It’s expensive, but healthy! It’s pure protein!
  • Green Tea – Instead of soda, or an energy drink, give green tea a go! It’s full of natural caffeine that won’t hurt you like your soda will. It’s also full of anti-oxidants that are very good for your body.

2.  Make sure you’re periodically taking breaks. If you’re like me, you get so into the game that you forget to eat, sleep, take breaks, pay bills, go to work…all that stuff. But it’s absolutely critical that you take breaks. Ten to 30 minutes every couple of hours is a good idea. This gives you a chance to stretch your legs, drink some water, rest your eyes, and grab something to eat. Also, take time to go outside and smell the roses! The Vitamin D will do you good!

3. Burning calories. You can burn some calories when you’re gaming just by standing up.  When you’re standing, you’re burning 50% more calories then you would while you’re sitting. Here are a few more ideas to get you moving:

  • Walk around. Don’t just stand still, pace back and forth a bit. The movement will help you burn calories quicker.
  • Get EXCITED! Have you ever watched a kid play video games? Mimic that! Jump around with your character!  Exaggerate your movements! Don’t worry about looking stupid, just have fun!
  • Use a treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, or an exercise ball when you play. You’ll be so focused on your game, you won’t realize you’re also working out.

4. Take good care of your eyes and wrists. Your eyes and wrists take a lot of damage when you’re a gamer. It’s a good idea to lubricate your eyes and, if you can, game on a screen that has anti-glare and anti-reflection protection.  As for your wrists, massage them daily with foam balls or rubber bands. Keep a good blood-flow, and the moment either your eyes or wrists start to hurt, STOP. Take a break.

5. GAMER WORKOUT CHALLENGE: This challenge is not for everyone. But if you’re feeling good, and up for a workout challenge during your gaming session, give this a try!

The rule is very simple. During any (beginner-intermediate) or all (expert) respawns, cinematic cutscenes, or long loading screens, do this workout cycle!

Gamer Cycle Challenge

If you have any tips or tricks for gaming fit, I’d love to hear about them!

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