THE GAMER DOC’S FIVE TIPS FOR HEALTHIER GAMING
Esports physician Dr. Lindsey Migliore is on a mission to keep gamers injury-free and performing their best. Here are five things she recommends incorporating into your everyday routine to improve your cognitive, mental, and physical health.
1. WARM UP BEFORE GAMING
“The most common areas of pain for gamers are the hands, wrist, and back. Stretching and strengthening these areas is key to staying healthy, injury-free, and increasing your range of motion.”
3. DAILY EXERCISE
“Even 10 minutes every day can have huge effects on in-game performance, sleep, and other aspects of health. Exercise can improve reaction times, increase alertness, and make learning new skills easier. New research shows that a six minute walk every two hours of gaming can improve cognitive skills. Aerobic exercise—meaning elevating your heart rate—is the most beneficial form. A brisk walk outside, squats, or a faster paced yoga session are perfect. Any movement is great! Motion is lotion for the joints.”
4. PAY ATTENTION TO POSTURE AND ERGONOMICS
“It’s essential to set up your gaming area ergonomically and institute posture checks during breaks. An ideal posture is one with a tight core, shoulders back, and neck in line with the chest. Avoid the typical ‘gamer posture’ of forward slumped shoulders and head jutting out! Remember, your best posture is your next posture. The most important component of ergonomic gear is fit. For example, if your hands are bigger or smaller than most, chose a mouse option that you can handle comfortably to avoid over-stretching your tendons and muscles.”