MMO raiding is stressful.
Sitting at a computer, staring at a screen, and wiping to Korfok the Unintelligible for 3-6 hours can be hell on your body. Add in your raid leader and guild officers critiquing your performance, and there goes your mind.
Fortunately for you folks, there are two quick and easy steps you can take during raid nights to alleviate some of that stress and to get yourself into better shape at the same time.
Just because your free time involves corpse-running instead of marathon-running doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy.
1. Use Bio Breaks to Your Advantage
How many bio breaks do you take during the course of your average raid? My last raiding guild would take 2 longer breaks (10-15 minutes) a session, and we could individually call “AFK BIO” during trash pulls whenever we wanted.
For me and my itsy-bitsy bladder, that equalled (give or take) 5 bio breaks per 4 hour raid.
During that time, I made sure that to stretch out my achy limbs, hop around a little to get the blood flowing, and do a set of push-ups. That’s right, you heard me. Push-ups.
Every time you get out of your chair for a bio break on raid night, do as many push-ups as you can. I don’t care if you can do 2 or 5 or 10 or 25. It won’t take more than 30ish seconds of the break, and by the end of the night, you’ll have done a significant amount of exercize to boot.
If you do this often enough, you’ll see improvement. This situation is obviously not a replacement for a gym session, but by doing something this simple, you can burn 100+ calories over the course of the night and start to build endurance and some lean muscle, which then leads to more passive caloric burn–which then leads to weight loss.
And you’ll get phat lewt, too.
2. Snack Smarter
Sitting for 3-6 hours is tiring, right? Sitting in once place for that long makes you want to munch on something every now then then. So let me guess, you keep a glass/can of soda beside you and a bag of potato chips within arms reach?
Well, stop it.
But it’s diet soda, you say! They’re baked chips! They’re healthy!
Wrong, sir. Wrong!
While nothing’s terribly wrong with either in moderation–for me, moderation on soda and potato chips is one serving every week or so–the Raid Night Munchies will not be sated by a single serving. No no no. The Raid Night Munchies call for constant snacking, and you’re eating/drinking a good dozen servings over the course of the evening.
That’s a lot of calories, not to mention the sodium and the carbs and preservatives.
Instead, snack smarter. Replace your cheesy poofs with cauliflower or carrots. Slice yourself an apple or keep a bunch of grapes on your desk instead of that can of Pringles. My personal favorite is a bowl of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries covered with a layer of fat-free whipped cream. #nomnomnom
And as for the soda? Just because it’s diet doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I’m not a crazy OMG NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER kind of guy, but in the end, they’re still chemicals. And enough studies have shown negative side-effects that it’s a good idea to limit your intake of Splenda, Equal, and any other no-calorie sweeteners–which are how diet soda stays diet, bee tee dubs.
It comes down to personal preference, but if you eat Fruit & veggies, not Potato Chips & Cheesy Poofs, you’ll be a bit fitter. And if you replace all that soda/beer with water, you’ll drop major poundage. Weight loss is about lifestyle change, even small ones. And by following these two small tips, you’ll be on your way to a complete–and healthy–lifestyle change, and not give up any of the geektastic stuff you love.
I guarantee it. #menswearhousevoice