In a gamer’s life, countless hours are spent sitting at a desk, hunched over and leaned in to make sure you attack the right horde or land on the correct ledge. When you were younger, your parents likely told you video games were bad for you. In a sense, they were correct: Sitting in front of a computer screen for hours, especially with bad posture, is terrible for your health. There are ways to avoid this peril, however, and it’s as simple as standing up.
Why Sitting is Detrimental
There are countless studies out there that go into (sometimes graphic) detail about why sitting for extended periods of time is harmful. It has been proven time and time again that sitting leads to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other potentially fatal issues. But there are even some short term problems that gamers should be wary of.
When you sit in front of your PC or console for hours on end, your brain becomes a bit lazy. Movement is necessary to keep blood flowing effectively, and long periods of sitting indicate that it is time to go into relaxation — a.k.a. inactive — mode. In addition, being hunched over can damage the muscles and joints in your back and neck. After several sessions of hunching over, the damage could become permanent.
But beyond spinal damage, sitting changes your mood. The constant inactivity leads to a slowed metabolism and lowered energy levels. Your immune system may suffer, and your muscles may deteriorate after a while. This causes a vicious cycle of wanting to be active, but it becoming too painful to exercise, and therefore resulting in you sitting again.
Standing Up While Gaming
The easiest way to counteract these effects while not giving up your game time is standing up while gaming. Even after just a few days of standing more than you sit, the effects are evident. You tend to be more alert and have more energy. Blood flow is increased to both the brain and the muscles, helping you avoid deterioration. You may even feel more involved in your video games — after all, your protagonist is likely standing most of the time, so why shouldn’t you?
Of course, standing all day can be painful. Your leg muscles will get sore, and you may start to feel more back pain. Your spine is not designed to carry your full weight all day; there is a reason sitting is so comfortable. The secret is finding the right balance.
Finding the Right Standing Solution
The best way to find a combination of sitting and standing is to buy a height adjustable desk or workstation. Homemade ones are cheap, but do not offer much versatility. On the other hand, most commercial ones will run you $1,000 or more. With these two extremes, you may find it easier to just deal with the unhealthy side effects of sitting.
But the Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand Workstation is the perfect solution. It is more affordable than the height adjustable desks and workstations on the market, and it quickly and easily adjusts to sitting or standing. For more information about the Sit2Stand, visit our website or contact us today!