This post was actually something that was suggested by Rick as he winced in pain after sitting hunched in front of our TV most of the day playing The Division. “My back is hurting,” he said, “I should probably start doing yoga again.” I agreed enthusiastically, and then realized what a great idea for a post he’d given me.
Unlike a lot of other exercises, yoga is very easily to do at home with very minimal equipment. I mean, all you really need is a towel if you can’t afford a yoga mat, and even those aren’t really that expensive. It’s also very easy to mix and match poses to target the areas that need the most attention, or find video tutorials that target the areas in question. So, after a quick peruse of YouTube I put together a little list of easy routines you can do at home to help with all your gaming related aches and pains.
You’ll notice that all the videos I’m included in this post are by Yoga with Adrienne. I’m not affiliated with her in any way, I’m just a big fan of her approach to yoga and find her videos to be easier to follow than a lot of other YouTube yogis and more accessible to those newer to home practice. That said, I’m neither a yogi myself, or a fitness professional, so make sure you check with a doctor before starting with yoga or any other fitness program.
Yoga For Upper Back Pain
If you’re anything like me, this is probably where you you notice when you’ve been gaming too much. Maybe it’s because I mostly play on my laptop and I don’t have a proper riser for my desk, but tight neck muscles and hunched shoulders are a frequent complaint. This twelve minute routine will help to relax those neck muscles and help with your posture in general.
Yoga For Lower Back Pain
This fifteen minute routine needs to be practiced regularly for the best results, but for gamers like Rick who find themselves hunched over on the couch for hours at a time, it will help to heal and prevent that knot at the base of the spine. Adrienne also features a longer thirty minute routine for those with a bit more time to work out the kinks in their back.
Yoga For Healthy Wrists
Whether you’re more of a console gamer or part of the PC master race, we all know that gaming can take a toll on your wrists. This quick, 4 minute routine is a great way to build strength and flexibility into your wrists and stave off carpal tunnel so you can get back to pwning noobs.
Yoga For When You Rage Quit
Okay, so the actual title of this sequence is “Yoga For When You’re Angry,” but you get where I’m going with this. Although the first couple routines I mention are focused on the physical benefits of yoga for gamers, this one is all about the emotional ones. Things get a little too heated in an online match? Throw your controller at the cat after failing to kill the boss for the 80th time? Take 20 minutes, roll out the yoga mat and try a little focused breathing to get you back to your happy, healthy self.
In addition to the sequences I mentioned above, Adrienne also has a couple of short (under 10 mins) videos that you can do right at your desk or couch. Perfect for interspersing into a long gaming session to keep from getting all bunched up.
Do you practice yoga?
What other exercises would you recommend for gamers?