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Most of the people don’t worry about their health while playing video games, but if you are going on longer binges, it needs a bit of forethought to make sure you remain healthy. Here are some tips for you to stay healthy during a long gaming binge:

  1. Sleep: Are you sleeping properly? If not, take it seriously because insufficient sleeping can have severe effects on the brain and body, causing restlessness, drop in body temperature, confusion, increased blood pressure, and even hormonal changes. These are the possible symptoms of sleep deprivation. Taking a quick nap cures you most of the time. But people who don’t take enough sleep tend to live shorter lives, probably because of a strong link to diabetes, heart problems, and cancer. If you’re planning a shorter binge, like for 12 hours, taking an hour-long nap will make you feel relaxed, and you can take better decisions both in games and for your health.
  2. Healthy Diet: Going hours without eating won’t kill you, also it won’t keep your brain sharp, and it will likely add to other potential problems. You should ensure eating three solid meals each day. It will help you in keeping your brain working throughout your binge. You should always take a break in between the binges. Eat healthy snacks like an apple, graham crackers, a peanut-butter-topped bagel, graham crackers, and Nutella. Avoid the chips, popcorn, and cookies. Always drink appropriate amount of water. Even a couple of glasses every 12 hours make a difference in your diet. Your body and brain both rely on water to function, and getting that water without sugar and caffeine is a great idea.
  3. Stand up: Sitting for a long time is bad for your health, and it can affect your blood circulation which can cause adverse effects on your spine and neck and can reduce muscle strength. The best way to avoid these problems is to stand up at least once after every hour. Don’t even stop playing, just get up either move a bit or stretch out your legs and back. Walking is even better than standing up. Just 15 minutes of walk will do wonders for your bones, muscles, and circulation.
  4. Stretch your wrists and hands: Whether you’re playing on a PC or console, playing for many hours without taking a break is tough on both your hands and wrists. Maintaining a good posture helps you to keep them aligned. It is recommended to move your wrists in a few circles, flex your fingers, and stretch your wrists every hour.
  5. Rest your eyes: Looking at a screen constantly can cause havoc on your eyes. Looking at lightning bolts, tracers, and explosions for hours can fatigue your eyes and cause headaches, dry eyes, blurred or double vision. They are not bad in small amounts but can add up over time and cause serious pain. One of the beneficial ways is to sleep. You’re not looking at anything, your brain isn’t preparing any visual input, and hence your eye muscles can relax.

Going on a random video game binge can be fun, and you can get totally involved in an exciting world, but do make sure to take care of your health, no matter how long you play!

So do you go on days-long gaming binges? Do you ever feel like restless and what measures you take to prevent it? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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12 thoughts on “Tips For Staying Fit During Long Gaming Binges

  1. Miaka Yuuki says:

    I do not know if this will have an effect but I always try to put screen filter to my monitor. I do not know if it is working though its like making the monitor wear 3D glasses but if it can reduce strain then why not.

  2. MIco Robin says:

    What is wrong with the article? looks fine to me but I agree just give additional info without down playing the credibility of the author.

  3. Ramona says:

    This article is misleading. Research show that playing games for hours (even “short” 12-hour binges) is not healthy. I expect a more responsible article from you guys.

    1. Can you please provide source(s) for your information? If we can validate what you’re saying we will correct this article. Thank you for the feedback.

  4. Hafish says:

    Don’t stare at the monitor for too long. Also, move a lot. You don’t have to sit all the time. And don’t put off going to the loo.

  5. lailani52 says:

    I’m really not into games, but for sure, the tips given above will be very helpful to those who really give most oof their time to games. Tips are so practical that it can also be practiced by others not into games. Thank you for the author.

  6. Mau says:

    These tips do not just apply to video game binges but also for those busy people who work with computers too. Standing up and resting my eyes are the tips that I always have to consciously remember.

  7. Sakura Kinomoto says:

    Gamers have it easy but for those who has jobs online this cannot be avoided. Its a good article for everyone who uses computers not just in gaming but for everyday things.

  8. captain Ussop says:

    Another tip that can help is look at anything after 20 mins or so. Agood distance from the monitor can also help .

  9. Infanta says:

    It is never healthy to stay too long on one activity. There have been multiple cases of gamers who die playing because they’ve been at it for hours, or even days. Even if you move a bit every now and then, or drink, etc. there is your blood circulation will remain sluggish. If you have impaired blood circulation, a chain of events inside your body will follow.

  10. Pandakekok says:

    My tip is to never go on long gaming binges. Control is key. Know when to stop.

  11. ambigaming says:

    Great post! This information is so very, very needed.

    I have definitely been guilty of video-game binges, although never a days-long one! As a fan of RPGs and adventure games, play sessions usually go for a few hours, but honestly I’ll just drink a few big gulps of water during load screens or between quests or something… it gives me a fairly regular reason to get up, which reminds me to stretch. It also breaks my concentration enough to really evaluate how long I’ve been playing because, like with reading, I can get lost in the stories!
    And it keeps me hydrated, too 🙂

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