Becoming a Pro Gamer | Is Healthy Living Beneficial?
eSports pro gamers are also considered athletes. And like any other athlete, being healthy and fit is beneficial in order to give the best performance. A lot may think that just playing games hours on end would make you the best pro gamer, but that is not always the case. Here’s the take of some pro players about having a healthy lifestyle and being an eSports pro gamer.
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Why Keeping Healthy Helps?
Of course, to master a game you would need hours and hours of playing. Quality practice sessions are key, instead of just clocking in the needed hours. According to an interview with Redbull, Age of Empires 2 Esports Athlete, Samyan “BlinG” Kay said that “There’s no question for me that a healthy lifestyle reduces fatigue and helps concentration levels.” He added, “I definitely feel I’m more alert throughout the time I’m practising and can stay that way for longer compared to times where I slip away from keeping active and start to binge out a bit.”
Things That You Should Consider?
FOOD AND NUTRITION
We wouldn’t want to bore you with a boring “healthy eating” article but we would want to emphasize its importance. Did you know that eSports teams hire chefs and wellness coaches because they know that keeping healthy has a positive effect on their overall performance? An example is Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) when they hired Andrew Tye in 2016 to create meal plans for them. Having Tye prepare their meals makes sure that they take in nutritious food and concentrate on their training at the same time.
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Starting out, you may not have the budget to hire a chef that will create nutritious meal plans for you as you train. What you can do though, instead of going for junk food that will temporarily satisfy your hunger, is to make sure to create your healthy meals in advance.
Cooking your own meals ensures that you know exactly what is in your food. You may argue that you don’t have much of a kitchen, but hey, that rice cooker of yours can do wonders. You can make rice with chicken and vegetables or a batch of soup. You can also try making Tony Hawk’s healthy burrito. Take that rice cooker of yours and cook brown rice. The ingredients of the burritos are brown rice, guacamole, black beans, chicken, chili salsa and cheese. These healthy burritos were made available during the promotional run of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Warehouse Demo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
To get a better idea of what you can eat as an esports athlete, the Vertical Diet by Stan Efferding is suggested by Cyber Athletiks, you can read more about that here. It is a downloadable ebook that can be bought here and it shares with you tips as well as diet plans that will increase your memory, brain function, and improve digestion. You wouldn’t want indigestion to ruin your concentration while practicing your game.
Make Sure to Take Breaks
Sitting in front of your computer and gaming for long periods is a sure shot to give you eye strain. In the long run, your eyesight could worsen, or have dry eyes where you involuntarily blink which is not good in gaming. Another thing that you should look out for is the Gamer’s thumb or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which you can avoid by resting and a bit of hand stretching. Former Fnatic League of Legends esports player Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim who is now a part of Team LDLC said in an article that “After two or three games in a row, take a break. This retains your focus and helps you prevent yourself from getting frustrated if you’ve lost a few games.”
You don’t need to go all hardcore with crossfit or weight lifting at the gym to be a pro gamer. However, making sure that you get some exercise in like having a 5 to 10 minute walk in between some games or after eating will greatly improve your concentration. This will also help in managing your frustrations when losing a match.
Esports can be mentally exhausting so that little workout that you do will boost some blood to the brain. In the Redbull interview, Call of Duty pro gamer Nick “XLNC” Ward said that. “Working out releases frustration as well as helping to keep myself in shape.” To put in some exercise, you don’t necessarily have to leave the room, you can try out some of the best VR fitness games.
Exercising or shifting to a healthier lifestyle could be difficult. You can urge your teammates to do this with you, so that you can support each other. It is great to build the foundation of your esports team with the highest gaming performance based on a healthy lifestyle. Not having a coach for healthy living is understandable if you are just starting out, but the Gamer Health App, can help you a lot. This app helps monitor everyone in your team. Esports team SK Gaming uses this app.
Source: Gamer Health
Here are some wise words from G2 Esports LoL pro Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, “I think in the beginning of my career, I just thought if I played 16 hours every day for a whole year, I’d be the best player. But I think these days that’s one of the worst things you can do. Obviously you should play as much as you can, but you shouldn’t block out other things due to it.”
Keep it here for the next ‘Become a Pro Gamer’ series: eSports coaching!
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