If gaming and desk work have one thing in common, it encourages poor sitting posture. It is effectively contagious. Many of us spend hours hunched over, staring at bright screens, putting serious stress on our spines.This leads to back painspinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, unattractiveness, and other painful conditions.
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Having sat in a bad position for years, I was really feeling these effects. I always spent my days sleeping curled up and hunched over a keyboard, so my spine was not used to lying flat! I also began to notice the effect on my standing posture. It looks like the head is a little too far forward. It looked “off”. Years of tilting my head forward made my neck muscles feel weak.
I was determined to practice maintaining correct posture during the game, but inevitably reverted to my subconscious premonitions.
That’s how I discovered something I call “neck exercises.” That’s exactly what it sounds like. By using the weight of your head and making slow, steady progress, you can: strengthen neck Keep it upright, great posture, and much easier. If you’re interested in getting a gamer benefit, here he has two excellent exercises.
standard head raise
This super easy exercise can be done at home or at the gym.
All you need to do is find something flat and comfortable to lie on, where your head can hang off the edge.
Lie on your back and slowly lower your head back as far as you can, without completely supporting your head from the edge, then slowly lift it up and tuck your chin in slightly. Repeat this as many times as you can, about 30 times. Aim to do as many as 3 sets within 30 reps.
If you can easily do 3 sets of 30 with head weight alone, you can add light exercise weights. We recommend small increments of 0.25 lbs. I’ll show you how to add and support this weight in a moment.
face down raise
Do the same as before, but face down. Now you are training the other side of your neck.
With your head off the edge, slowly lower your head back to the hanging position and lift it up in line with your body. Do not try to raise your head back any further. Normal standing alignment is what we are aiming for. Do your best to complete 3 sets of 30 repetitions. These are high volume, lightweight exercises.
Playing it safe and going slow are essential when training your neck.it’s important to remember Neck injuries can have serious consequencesbut just relax and work things out and you’ll be fine.
A standard head raise involves placing a towel on your forehead. This is because it creates friction to keep your weight in place and acts as a cushion from your forehead. Gently place a 0.25-pound weight on your forehead, hold it, and pull it down slightly. Maintain this grip and proceed with the exercise.
Do the same for face down raises. Place a towel and weight behind your head, use your hands to hold the weight firmly in place, and proceed as normal.
Benefits of neck exercises
After doing this for a few days, I noticed that it was easier for me to support the weight of my neck. This greatly reduced the burden of unconsciously maintaining correct posture during gaming.
Some people claim that a thicker neck from training increases physical attractiveness.
In my own experience, other benefits include a reduction in back strain as postural habits improve, and a general increase in confidence in your ability to walk with your head straight.
When it comes to my posture, improvement is day and night. I feel that my presence has increased in the eyes of the people around me. Leaning forward, I always felt a little invisible. It may be purely mental, but confidence is mental! Also, starting slowly with neck training encouraged me to gradually increase my exercise and improve my overall fitness. , it doesn’t stress my back as badly as it used to, even after years of playing.
At least it’s worth a try. Then you can decide if neck exercises are right for you!