Neck Exercises while Gaming
Ever get neck stiffness or soreness after playing video games for long periods of time? Do you notice yourself leaning forward towards the television and looking up at the screen? Ever notice your shoulders are rounded while gripping the controller? Has it crossed your mind to have good sitting posture or do neck exercises while playing games? I will assume that the answers to these questions would be “No.”
After I put my 1 year old son to bed, I may play console games to relieve the day’s stress or to get rid of a headache. When I play video games, I’m either using the game chair or on the bean bag. I have found that using the gaming chair has improved my posture and eliminates the forward head and rounded shoulders position. I also do quick and simple neck exercises while games are loading.
In order to make sure that you or your kids have good posture, be sure that you are sitting back and leaning forward. When the knees are crossed, the elbows are usually on top of them while the head will be looking up at the screen. After hours of this position, your neck and other areas of your body probably will be stiff or sore from lack of movements. Just know that gaming chairs can provide a health benefit of sitting correctly and reduce neck tension or strain. Even if you don’t have a gaming chair, sitting up properly will help reduce any neck strain.
When waiting for any game to load, try to do the following simple neck exercises: chin tucks, shoulder rolls, shoulder shrugs, shoulder blade pinches, head range of motions and upper trapezius stretches. Other neck exercises you can do are head clocks, rotations, side bends and neck extensor stretch. Just think you can do a neck workout and help your neck to a better neck posture while playing games.
These are quick neck exercises and most you can do within a minute or two. It’s even better if you can do the chin tuck while playing the game. By brining your chin back towards the chair or the wall behind you, you can strengthen the front and stretch the back of your neck muscles. Combining any of the neck exercises will help keep neck tension from building when playing.
One tip is to don’t clench your teeth or let your shoulders rise towards your ears when playing. These motions will make your head and neck tensed. Now there’s no excuse for not having any time to do neck exercises when I’ve just mentioned how you can do them when playing. Have fun playing games and don’t forget to do neck exercises!