Hardcore gamers expose themselves to potentially life-changing bad habits such as lack of sleep, lack of proper nutrition, and lack of exercise. Now, I’m not saying that we all do, but the risks we expose ourselves to as gamers are real. So are the hazards. Inasmuch as every individual’s mileage may vary when it come to questions of the effects that a hardcore gamer’s lifestyle has, the fact remains that action must be done to correct a lifetime of bad habits.
Luckily, there are a multitude of options out there for all of us. There obviously isn’t a lack of options; only a lack of willpower and a lack of effort, as well as plenty of excuses. Exercising has been made such an easy thing to do even for the laziest, unhealthiest slob out there; there really isn’t a reason you and I can’t take a 15-minute break in the day, or even as you play video games, to get a bit of exercise worked into the routine.
We’ll show you just how easy you can incorporate workouts to your gaming schedule.
Walk, Don’t Run
The ever-present treadmill has made it easy for people of all walks of life to exercise in the comfort of their own homes; you could too in front of your TV screen. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that even just 10-minute intervals of regular brisk walking already reduces your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as improve your mood, balance, and coordination. Furthermore, treadmills are no longer the expensive investment they once were when they first came out in the market; second hand models of top-quality treadmills can be had for pennies on the dollar, but when reading some of the best reviews on walking treadmills, you’ll see the same is true when investing in a new one. Think of using your treadmill during pauses; sprint while you wait on a load screen, walk on a cinematic trailer…there’s a whole load of things you can incorporate walking and running into.
I’ve Got a Bike, You Can Ride It If You Like
Excuse the Pink Floyd reference. What is true for the treadmill is true for the bike; stationary bikes are an excellent way of getting your 10-minute workout while you slay demons and conquer new worlds. Furthermore, they are so easy to use as you play that you can use them INDEFINITELY as you play. Think about going 100% of your capability as you play your favorite first-person shooter; it’s so easy to incorporate a stationary bike to your gaming. In fact, it could enhance your gaming experience to a whole new level.
Resistance Training? Yes, of Course!
You just read that right; you CAN do your resistance training as you game. In the same way you would take pauses to stand up, you can fill that dead air out with some quality reps. From push-ups, which don’t need machines at all, to a simple chin-up bar, to a full-fledged exercise machine, there exists a solution for any budget. Do 10 reps when your in-game character respawns!
Gaming doesn’t have to be an unhealthy passion; the possibilities are endless if you just put your mind to it. There is a solution for every budget out there; there isn’t any remedy for laziness. Get off the couch, drop, and give me ten!