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How to be a Healthy Gamer

Discussion in 'Gaming Arena' started by Blankspace, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Eluldor

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    I have one that requires going to a testing center (NSCA) and another one (NASM), paid for another as well, not taken the test though (several hundred $ each). I'm hoping that since he capitalize each letter of the title, that it is a legit one :p
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  2. Ego13

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    Ha....valid question as I say the same thing.

    NASM CPT cert...along with their Corrective Exercise Specialist(CES) cert and, as I said, 10 years of about 50 hours/week real world application. (Both certs require a proctored test)

    Sadly there's no retirement as a trainer, so I had to move on to something with a real future for the family.
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    Ha, nice write up matey. Just now we're shopping for a decent bench to start building our home gym. Kiddo became fairly serious about weights, and since he stuck to the exercise like to nothing before in his 15 year old life, we thought getting equipment will benefit us all, especially that gyms in the UK don't allow teenagers. First country I lived in that this is the case but well.... My head is full of bench reviews, it might explode if I don't buy it soon :eek:. People on various fitness forums aren't very helpful either...'use the search nub'... only why would I want advice from 4 years before if you can't even buy those models anymore usually, heh...
  4. Ico

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    Since the start of 2013 I've been on a big health reform after letting things get way out of control whilst I was at uni - idle hands and all that. My gaming marathons used to be fueled on full fat coke mixed with lots of cheap Tesco "Kick" (Red bull), then a one hour nap to rest my eyes. Since then I've found you can do the same without the 500% daily allowance of sugar and caffeine.

    OP makes some great points, many I've heard before - water cleanses you by literally flushing out your system, as for exercise - I tend to do my workout all in one go, whilst initially tiring, ain't no-one got time to get down and give 'em 50 whilst power-levelling :p. I've also found it's quite rewarding once the jelly limbs stop because your quickened metabolism gives you a lot of energy to fuel the night. The trick for refocusing your eyes was taught to me by my uncle and to this day is surprises me how few people actually know of it.

    Also, stop giving away uber-powerlevelling secrets, you're undercutting all those £20.00 guides!
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  5. Ico

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    Kid's can use the gym, they're not allowed on free weights is the restriction. It's proven that lifting serious weight can stunt your growth as a child, so it was put in as a matter of national health.
  6. Alverad

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    Well, not one in north or central London, I probably called around two dozens - from Virgin/Esporta to little family establishments. The big ones just flat say no, the small ones hide behind insurance policy. As for growth, there are both truth and myths floating around and either way, that's where parents/gym staff steps in to make sure people aren't hurting themselves. That applies to adults as well really. I'd think a country would like to encourage healthy life style, and there is more to weight workout then aiming at Schwarzeneger's physique :) Guess it's just easier to say no across the board, then make an effort to educate people how to use a gym with brain and for their benefit at every age.
    He's got a fairly well equipped gym at school, no entry till year 11 . He's nearly 6 feet tall already, fit and healthy looking, yet it doesn't seem to matter either.
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    Just want to add my support for this thread. A healthy body has a huge impact on helping to create a healthy mind, and there are things you can do to help strengthen that connection. Yoga, Tai Chi, or other martial arts especially come to mind. I've done yoga and Aikido, and I can say that I've felt stronger, healthier, and more resilient as a result.

    Also, the great thing about these kinds of activities is that you get your exercise while learning something useful, interesting.
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    One of the *best* investments, if you have a spot to hang them, can be a set of gymnast rings IE: https://www.google.com/webhp?source...cGE&fp=22cff12c28d7a84&ion=1&biw=1311&bih=936
    Pull-ups, dips, push-ups, etc can all be done just off this one piece and it takes a very small space. Plus as your son gets stronger he can do muscle-ups and other more advanced moves. My favorite thing about rings is that you're always working with your body weight AND they're unstable so the strength you gain is FAR more functional than someone who just does bench/etc..
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    Off topic, but nothing annoys me more than HS and college kids lifting in groups
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  10. Ego13

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    Or the sheer amount of misinformation spread by *coaches* who are nothing more than volunteers or Science Teachers who played football in high school.
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    How to be a Healthy Gamer

    Out of game = Eat right and exercise.
    In game = Don't be an asshat to people.
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    Loads of people go to the gym to socialize, they rarely get much results then lol and it's just lack of caring staff that leadsd to it, our previous club had rather strict rules, you worked out and kept quiet, else you where out.

    Cheers for the advice Ego, sadly, we're in a rented house, so fixtures like that are out of question, can't even stick a pull up bar in the door - landlord thought I was crazy when I asked :(
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    Keep in mind the straps are adjustable. I've set them up in parks on trees, even.
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    Both are solid certs, congrats!
    I wasn't trying to be inflammatory it was more of a 'just wondering' response :)

    They actually have a high school conditioning/strengthening class they do for 100 bucks a month for the kids and it is amazing. Some of the state champions come train at my gym because they see such amazing results. We feel bad watching them trudge off to some lame excuse of a practice where they usually just focus on skills training because they are getting stronger and faster with the awesome guys at my gym.

    To whoever mentioned the holistic sides of things those are also highly recommended. Some of my Army buddies are HUGE into yoga because of miscellaneous injuries. The key to life is balance :p

    Thanks for all of the responses and support for this thread! :inlove:
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    Yeah, we actually may end up building a wooden rack in the garden, then these would have a place :)
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    Yeah we have yoga classes almost everyday(on a marine corps base). I keep planning on going to one but I just haven't yet. There's a whole bunch of benefits for doing yoga, and seeing as how I just tore the heck out of a muscle in my arm playing basketball I'm a little more inclined to go check out a not so errr physical workout.
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    I don't diet much anymore, I just get to the gym at least 4-5 hours a week and I stay in pretty good shape. I love my gym because they host unlimited Boxfit (Boxing and Crossfit) classes for $20 a month. Can't beat it. :D
    But yea, playing WoW like a slug for six years put about 20 lbs on me. I lost it about two years ago and vowed to never get sluggy with games again. I workout first and then play allllllllll night. It's been working for me! And I can still have my junk food occasionally without feeling bad.

    AND I LIFT! My arms look awesome and I am way stronger than I used to be!
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    It is funny the females at my gym love the classes but won't work out alone and males rarely go to classes but work out alone/train with a trainer.

    No matter how you do it... do it!

    Glad you enjoy Boxfit!
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    I love this thread already.

    I'm really thankful now that I was taught how to get a full workout just from home in high school, often bust into one of those regiments during long sessions of gaming. Also a great way to relieve any stress one might have had during the gaming session (I play a lot of fighting games online, stress turns into a major killer for good performance, more so than other games imo).

    Have taken to quick jogging breaks when I have my friends over for LAN parties and such, everyone jumped right on board and it's been great for motivation.
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    For people with social issues, going to a gym just isn't an option. It's very easy to do Morning Cardio workouts at home for about half an hour everyday, without any equipment or money. It works for me!
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