Back in the day the mall arcade was the place to be if you wanted to play video games. Only a few home consoles were available and they weren't exactly cheap. Fast forward to today... What's different?

Most everyone has a form of video game entertainment available to him or her. Instead of heading to the arcade we simply fire up our preferred gaming system log into our computers or pull out our smart phone. According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) "the average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Sixty-eight percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older."

Kirk Hamilton who is a video game enthusiast recently published an article stating that he had found a way to feel better more alert healthier and more involved while playing video games. His solution? Standing up.

Stand Up
Teach yourself how to incorporate periods of standing into your video game routine. It might feel awkward at first but you'll soon realize the payoffs.

Just like standing up at work you can expect to experience some minor discomfort and fatigue at first. Find out some tips on how to counter-balance that here.

It's important to demonstrate proper ergonomics when standing as well. Keep the playing screen at eye level and make sure you're at the appropriate viewing distance (20-40 inches).

Walk Away
If standing isn't your thing make yourself take a break after thirty minutes to an hour of playing a game. Here are a few ways to break away:

  • Set an alarm on your phone or clock
  • Find a stopping point within the game itself (i.e. next level goal reached etc.)
  • Use the standing clock app to keep track of the time you've spent standing

Consider Gaming Systems That Promote Movement
Certain companies have gotten the hint that sedentary behaviors can cause some serious issues so they've altered their products. The Nintendo Wii and Xbox One Kinect are two examples that actually encourage movement.

Who knew being healthy and exercising could be so fun?

(Image by juzmarc)

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