Have you ever wondered why you should be physically fit? Some gamers do not consider physical activity nor physical fitness to be a priority in their lives, but all this needs to change for the better! Let’s start with the basics.
What is Physical Activity?
Any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure (working, playing, doing chores, traveling, etc.).
What is Physical Fitness?
A measure of a person’s ability to perform physical activities that require endurance, strength, or flexibility.
Now, there are two types of physical activity.
- Aerobic - light to vigorous intensity physical activity that requires more oxygen than sedentary behavior (e.g., jumping rope, biking, swimming, running; playing soccer, basketball, or volleyball).
- Anaerobic – intense physical activity that is short in duration and requires a breakdown of energy sources in the absence of sufficient oxygen (e.g., sprinting during running, swimming, or biking) requires maximal performance during the brief period.
Next, we have the components of physical activity. These are mechanisms that make up physical activity:
- Intensity: How fast is your heart beating when doing such activity? How hard are you breathing? Asking yourself these questions can help you determine if you are doing light, moderate, or high intensity workouts.
- Duration: Continuous aerobic activity should last from 20 to 60 minutes. As I stated earlier, anaerobic activity should be short in duration because of the absence of sufficient oxygen.
- Frequency: How often you should be performing these physical activities really depends on both variables mentioned above.
- One with a low level of fitness may benefit from multiple short daily exercise sessions.
- One with a moderate to higher level of fitness, 3 to 5 sessions per week are recommended.
What do you get out of all this? Here is just a short list of why being GamerFit is necessary and how you benefit from it all!
- Promotes health and fitness
- Builds healthy bones and muscles
- Reduces the risk of developing obesity and lessens risk factors for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Can positively affect concentration, memory, and behavior
If this is all new to you, I encourage you to take small steps. Grab a journal and quickly jot down simple ways to be more active, whether it’s going for a 10-minute walk outside or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. For those of you who have had more experience in doing physical activity, make a plan on how to increase your workout components (intensity, duration, frequency). Take charge of your own body, and aim to be GamerFit!
Written by: Amairani Aleman
Edited by: Emily Deaton
Don’t Just Be Fit. Be Gamer Fit.