Video games are awesome; let’s not beat around the bush. But it’s not always easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst fitting gaming into most of your spare time. What if I was to tell you that it’s possible to have a healthy lifestyle whilst gaming? What if I was to tell you that this is possible by giving up just a little time? If you’re interested then I’ll stop with the needless rhetoric and urge you to read on.
Obviously when people think of health and fitness, exercise comes straight to mind. When thinking about exercise working around a gamer’s lifestyle, it has to be quick, simple and effective. Working out at home is a great choice, and with the purchase of some dumbbells and a pull up bar you could have a cheap and versatile home gym. Combined with frequent walks and runs your exercise regimen will easily fall into place. Just remember to make a good program where you train your lower body as much as your upper body to lose more fat and build more muscle. If you do this, do your research and eat well a healthy body can easily be achieved with little time spent not gaming. An example of a good workout, and some great core exercises you can do at home:
Falling into a healthy habit is essential to a healthy gamer. It means you can effortlessly incorporate healthy actions into your life without thinking about it. For instance, keeping your space clean will help you mentally focus and organize your time better. Having the habit of going for a daily walk to get fresh air and exercise, or eating healthy food regularly and meeting with friends often will do wonders for you. An example of a good habit to fall into is doing exercise when you game. No, I’m not suggesting that you do star jumps when playing Halo, but you can do some sit ups or squats in between online matches or missions. This is a great way to build up a familiarity with exercise if you are not used to it. It also allows you to maximise your time usage, so you get more out of a gaming session.Probably the most important part of your mission is good nutrition. Hold your horses, you don’t have to go out and buy fat burning pills and a lifetime’s supply of celery. I’m talking about regular clean eating. Chuck the junk food out of your everyday diet. Swap crisps and sweets for nuts and fruit when you’re playing, keep them easily accessible so you’re more tempted to eat them. Don’t drink fizzy drinks when you’re playing, it’s cheaper, easier and healthier to drink water, fresh juice or milk. Finally, don’t slack and put a pizza in the oven. If you’re stretched for time and genuinely cannot find the time to cook everyday then there are many recipes (http://www.menshealth.co.uk/food-nutrition/muscle-foods/Moor-muscle) that you can prepare during the weekend and eat throughout the week. If, however, you can cut half an hour out of gaming to prepare each meal every day then do so. It will give your brain and eyes time to rest and you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, good food.
Remember to do everything in moderation. Don’t spend all Monday playing COD and Tuesday doing a decathlon’s worth of workouts. Structure and spend your time wisely, meet friends and go out and have fun. Don’t substitute gaming for social interaction, do both. Hopefully you’re now one step closer to enjoying gaming with a new vigour and a new state of mind. Gamer’s can be healthy too! Cast aside the scrawny or overweight stereotype and get to it.