You do not want to spend a lot of time having fun just to wind up with stress, backache, or sore fingers. Hunching over a keyboard all day, whether for business or play, is bad for your health. Repetitive actions, such as pushing buttons, fingers curled in, mouse movements, and clicks, can cause serious difficulties, including neck and back pain, wrist injuries, and a condition that is known as “Nintendinitis.”
The negative effects of poor ergonomics extend beyond the physical to include the loss of games or workdays. As a result, if you want to maximize your enjoyment of gaming, you should make every effort to ensure your maximum comfort. Not only can being comfortable ease improve your gaming experience, but it also helps you play better as you are more relaxed.
Why Comfort is Important for Gamers
Innumerable studies have demonstrated the link between bad seating and other sources of discomfort during gaming and the development of both short- and long-term physical health issues.
When you are not comfortable while gaming, especially for extended periods of time, your arms, fingers, back, and eyes will start to feel worn and fatigued. Due to all of these, it is much more difficult to concentrate and think clearly. Bad sitting can have a similar effect on your gaming performance.
If you are playing at a high level of competition, being tired can make you less effective. Putting that much strain on your eyes and muscles for extended periods of time is not only unpleasant, but it is also unhealthy.
As a gamer, putting your comfort first can help you out in the short and long run. Some of the benefits of being comfortable when gaming include the fact that it:
- Aids in increased efficiency
- Reduces discomfort in the lower back and neck
- Allows you to play for longer without becoming tired
- Benefits your posture and blood flow
- Enhances concentration and performance in games
- Raises energy levels
- Lessens repetitive motion injury
- Reduces strain on the eyes
- Improves overall health
Tips to Maximize Comfort When Gaming
There are a number of adjustments you can make to your gaming setup to make it more conducive and comfortable for long sessions of play. To get the most out of your gaming experience, it is important to invest in your comfort, so that you can lie back and play games. This can offer tremendous benefits. Here are some tips to help you maximize comfort when gaming to allow you to stay in peak form:
Get a Comfy Gaming Chair
Your posture significantly affects your game experience. Having a comfy gaming chair can make you the greatest in any game niche by increasing comfort. The ideal gaming chair improves performance by helping you sit properly. As a gamer, sitting on a chair that itches or squeaks can ruin your fun and comfort.
A good gaming chair helps you relax and focus by improving blood circulation. Leaning forward while gaming may look stylish, but it is unhealthy. The right chair height provides you with a better perspective without bending or stretching. A good gaming chair also relaxes your muscles, preventing backache and letting you play for hours or even days.
When you use a comfy gaming chair with an adjustable setup that would suit any position you choose to assume, then you have effectively won the jackpot.
Use a Headrest, Armrest, and Back Rest
it is not cool to lean on a chair for hours on end; doing so puts unnecessary strain on your body and can cause major health problems. Plus, it might cause annoying discomfort, like a strained elbow or a stiff arm. A headrest also places you in a relaxed posture, with your head inclined back as if you were reading sports news online or watching a film.
You might want to invest in back support if you do not already have a gaming chair. As a rough substitute, you can use a small pillow to cushion the area between your lower back and the chair. However, you might have slight difficulties getting the perfect proportions and placement.
Get a Standard Gaming Desk
If you are a gamer, function is more important than form, so any table will suffice. However, your chair should be positioned at a ninety-degree angle to the desk for optimal viewing and control. This means you should get a table with the right height and provides adequate space for your wrists and hands to move freely when using a mouse.
In addition to the standard gaming desk, getting a console that allows you to lie back and play while enjoying a sedentary lifestyle is important. For instance, portable monitors perfectly suited to gaming are a good call in this scenario.
Adjust the Height of Your Chair
Your arms should be straight while you operate the mouse and keyboard, with your elbows roughly at desk level. After you have modified your seat to your needs, you may need to alter it further to allow you to sit with your legs spread apart, your knees bent at a right angle, and your feet flat on the floor.
If your workstation is too high, try propping your feet up on a box or stool. This will allow you to comfortably view your screen without straining your neck. Position your screen so that its top is at or slightly above eye level.
Get a Smaller Keyboard
If you are not an account or a regular user of Alt codes, you probably rarely use the numpad block of your keyboard. Opting for a smaller mechanical keyboard will free up more space on your desk particularly if you have a small desk. This will make it easier to move your mouse, without having to stretch your WASD hand.
Get a Gaming Mouse and a Large Mousepad
As much as possible, you should opt for a gaming mouse, particularly one that is ergonomic and comfortable to use. That being said, It can be somewhat difficult to find a mouse that is both functional and comfortable, particularly with gaming mice but you can try to find a middle ground.
You should also consider getting a large mousepad. This reduces the restriction in movement you face with smaller mousepads and allows you to move your mouse with your elbow and shoulder instead of your wrist.
Get a Second Mouse
If you use your computer setup for both gaming and work, it might be a nice idea to get a second mouse, a gaming mouse, and probably a trackball mouse or any other mouse with a different structure. This way you get to switch mice and your hand, wrist, and arms are not in the same position every time making the same movement.
You should also consider an adjustable monitor like the UPERFECT S 4K portable monitor which boasts 15.6” of additional screen real estate and so that you can lie down and game.
No experience beats tapping comfy, responsive buttons. While most gamers prefer other gaming options, you should consider playing games with a gaming pad when you can. There are several PC controllers you can choose from. This includes the:
- Sony DualShock controller
- Microsoft Xbox X/S wireless,
- Logitech F310
If you are a gamer who prefers playing games on smartphones, you can opt for wireless mobile gaming pads such ad the C/8 Bluetooth gaming controller and the T.3 2.4G controller.
Whether playing on a personal computer or a console system, using a gaming controller allows you to comfortably sit back without having to be too close to the screen to enjoy the action. You can even lie down comfortably and still enjoy the gaming experience. Furthermore, when you are using a screen like the UPERFECT 17.3 inches Portable gaming monitor with IPS screen, you can further maximize lying down when gaming.
Protect Your Eyes Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses
While blue light is less intense than UV light, it can still have harmful effects if you are exposed to it frequently as is the case with most gamers. Blue light has been linked to insomnia, according to studies.
Since blue light is emitted by most screens (including computers, TVs, and mobile devices), gamers may be exposed to it for long periods of time each day, especially if they also spend a lot of time working at a computer. This makes getting blue-light-blocking glasses a necessity to protect your eyes and remain comfortable.
In addition, you can get a screen like UPERFECT y Vertical Monitor – 15.6“ Portable Touch Screen Display new 17.3″ (no touch), which has protective properties and also allows you to lie down and game.
You should always have something to drink at your desk when gaming, particularly for long hours. Most carbonated drinks do a terrible job of keeping you hydrated, so it is best to opt for water or tea. Having a water bottle close by can help you stay hydrated and resist the urge to go get a can of something out of the fridge. In addition, a screen that allows you to lie down and game such as the UPERFECT 18 UMax – 18.5” Monitor Portable Display FHD screen
Add a Touch of Nature
Plants can be a nice addition to your gaming desk as caring for them has been shown to relieve stress in a number of studies. While most people would agree that plants are not miracle workers, they are lovely to look at. Some even have a pleasant aroma to go along with their gorgeous hues.
If you have space, having even a tiny plant on your desk or close by can be a comforting symbol and a stress reliever. At worst, it is a nice way to beautify your space.
Regardless of whether you are a gamer who spends a lot of time playing or you only like to play occasionally, you should always prioritize your comfort. With these tips, you can boost your performance and encourage a healthy lifestyle as you compete for the top spot whether you are sitting, standing, or lying down.