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Level up your game with some real-life training, gamers! We all get focused into the grind, but neglecting your body can hold you back more than bad aim. Here’s why staying fit can make you a gaming champion.

Many common practices among gamers, like poor posture and repetitive movements, can lead to aches, pains, and even more serious health issues if not managed properly. In fact, over 50% of gamers report experiencing physical discomfort during or after gaming sessions.

Adopting a good fitness routine can help you avoid these problems while increasing your gaming prowess. Join us as we explore the two-fold importance of fitness for gamers.

Exercise for gamers: An essential for avoiding injuries

There are many simple exercises for gamers that you can do every day to prevent injuries that are common in a gaming lifestyle. Following is a list of five such exercises:

Neck rolls

Bring your head down by bringing your chin towards your chest. Now move it towards the right shoulder in a rolling motion and then around the left shoulder.

Repeat these neck rolls at least five times after every hour of gaming to prevent stiffness and pain.

Prayer position stretch

To start, bring your palms and fingers together, ensuring your fingers are pointed upward and your elbows are pointing outward.

Next, maintain the position of your elbows and gradually lower your hands to intensify the stretch. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.

Wrist joint exercise

Bring your hands in front of your body. Use one hand to hold the other at the wrist joint. Gently pull the hand outward while holding at the wrist joint. Keep doing this for 30 seconds and then repeat for the other hand.

Thumb exercise

Start by folding your thumb into the center of your palm, gripping it gently with your other fingers.

Next, tilt your wrist towards the outer edge of your hand (the side where your pinky is), feeling the stretch along the side of your forearm where your thumb lies. Maintain this stretch on both hands for 30 seconds.

Finger abduction

Position your hand on a flat surface, keeping your elbow bent. Move your fingers apart and then bring them back together without shifting any other part of your arm.

This will strengthen the muscles responsible for moving the fingers apart. Also aids in finger mobility. Repeat at least eight times at a time.

Fitness for gamers and strength training

Fitness for gamers is not just about avoiding injuries. That’s where strength training comes in. A good strength training program will not only help you maintain a leaner body, but will also improve your posture, dexterity, and stamina. All of which are crucial for a gamer. Here are 2 good strength training programs for beginners:

Starting Strength

Starting Strength primarily focuses on building strength gradually through barbell lifts. If you are a beginner, it is best to start with their Novice Linear Progression program.

The program requires you to have some basic gear like lifting shoes and barbells. The instructions are available both in the form of a book and podcasts. The program is suitable for both men and women.

GZCLP

GZCLP is a beginner-friendly strength training program that uses a three-tier method to gradually increase your ability to lift heavy weights and increase training volume. With one or two rest days between each workout, the GZCLP is easy to follow and highly effective.

Level up your results with online personal training

Why? Strength training movements like squat, deadlift, bench press are very technical. A personal trainer can help you learn these movements with correct form so as to avoid injuries. Also they can customize your program so that it is right for you.

What is online personal training?

Online personal training is where a personal trainer uses a personal training software to deliver most of the training remotely. Generally, you can then access your program and be in touch with your trainer on the client app.

Why go for online personal training?

Affordable

The average cost of a traditional personal training program in America ranges from $60-$75 per hour. An online personal training program,however, will cost you around $99-$399 per month. The price will vary depending on the trainer, the type of program, and the training software or app you are using.

Flexible

Online training programs are flexible in terms of timing and mode of training. You can choose between 100% online training, a hybrid of online and in-person training, and online group training.

How to find an online trainer?

There are 1000s of online personal trainers. Search on the internet for a trainer that specializes in training gamers and fits your needs.

Incorporating fitness into your gaming lifestyle is a must and now you know how you can do it without spending a ton of money or having to follow rigid routines. So, whether you’re a casual gamer or a competitive eSports contender, it’s time to prioritize your health and level up your gaming experience!

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