Playing and moving? Game on…

From playing online in massive multiplayer battles or fighting through an epic single player adventure it’s easy for time to fly. Just like the TV bingers, gamers who sit for too long without finding #Time2Move put themselves at risk of developing blood clots.

 

Just 90 minutes of sitting in the same position cuts blood flow behind the knee by up to 50% 1, increasing your risk of a blood clot.

 

Here are some hacks which can help you stay active, whilst you save the world.

 

Try games with peripherals

Playing games doesn’t mean you have to sit still anymore! There are all kinds of peripherals which get you off the couch and moving in front of the TV. From dance mats and fitness games through to awesome, immersive VR experiences, gaming is no longer just for the couch.

 

Remember to hydrate

Gaming and soda tend to go hand in hand, so why not swap out the bubbly stuff for some water instead. Not only is it better for your overall health 2, but staying hydrated means you’ll be getting up to go to the bathroom more, which is a great way to find #Time2Move.

 

Take a break!

Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when you’re in the zone and progressing well in your game. Try to set up reminders so that you can get up every now and then for a short walk to the kitchen to refill your water or to take quick saunter around the house.

 

Don’t forget about those leg exercises

Why not do some leg exercises that don’t even need you to pause the game? Just a few minutes every half hour or so can really help you reduce your risk of forming blood clots. Here are a few to try:

 

Foot pumps – With your feet flat on the floor, raise your toes towards you and hold them in place for a few moments. Then, lower your toes and balls of your feet to the floor and hold again for a short time.

Ankle circles – Raise both of your feet and trace a circle with your toes. Or, try and spell out your name.

Leg raises – Raise your leg slowly in front of you, alternating between the left and the right.

Knee raises – If you prefer, you can slowly lift your knee up to your chest before lowering again.

 

References:

1. Thrombosis UK: The Thrombosis Charity. Reducing the risk of e-thrombosis. February 2013

2. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water

 

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