When it comes to gaming, it’s a hobby with a lot going for it. It’s a way, much like film, TV, literature, etc., to experience new worlds and to see the impossible. However, the ace up the sleeve of video games is interactivity, which opens the doors to new possibilities for storytelling that have yet to be explored. We’ve come a long way from the simplistic, bare bones plots of, say, Super Mario Bros., i.e., save the princess from the dragon. (Well, giant fire breathing turtle dinosaur.) The video game industry has made great strides in terms of storytelling, and it’s already produced some pretty mind blowing experiences. Therefore, there are plenty of reasons to glue yourself to your screen of choice and get lost in myriad virtual worlds. However, this, of course, comes with a downside. Games are now much longer and can take up a lot of your time, and that leads to a major issue if left unchecked. You’re going to want to remedy the side effects of this great hobby with some health and fitness management. Here are a few suggestions.
First and foremost, there’s the matter of exercise. The trend toward longer and longer games can be a turn off for some, and for good reason. As adults, we don’t always have the time to complete a game that’s over 100 hours long. However, even when we do, we’re still dedicating that time to the experience of a given game, and you only have so much time, so things may fall by the wayside. You can’t afford to let this happen in many cases, because it quickly leads down a self destructive path. Therefore, you’re going to want to make some time to take care of yourself, and the first step is exercise. When it comes to exercise, you’re going to need to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses and find a routine that is light on your strengths and heavy on your weaknesses. This may sound like a recipe for frustration, and it is, but that’s the point. Without the struggle, you won’t improve. If it’s easy, it’s a waste of your time. So, when you meet with frustration, remind yourself of the mantra “no pain, no gain” and stick with it. That said, don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury. Accept your failure for what it is, a small improvement, and listen to your body when it says it’s time to rest. Once you’ve found a routine that works for you, throw on your Under Armour and get to work. Remember that finding a routine can be as easy as a Google or YouTube search and some experimentation. However, a gym membership can be helpful in terms of guiding your forward. Trainers can help you assess your needs and find the right routine for you as well as provide a bevy of specialized gym equipment.