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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 by Bea

Remember that line before you input your username and password? The one at the upper right top of the login page: Gaming for long periods without any breaks in between is detrimental to your health.

It's like when you stare endlessly infront of your monitor, and wishing some miracle would happen on your gameplay. But as much as cheesy this sounds, but staring at your monitor or playing nonstop would definitely affect your health, and mostly, your eyesight.

Try to use the lights once in awhile, playing in a dim or no lights room doesn't help much.

Love your eyes. Do make sure to have breaks and do some eye exercise.
Try this one:
1. Sit comfortably on a chair. Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Avoid applying pressure on your eyeballs. Place your palms so that the nose remains uncovered, and the eyes remain behind the slight hollow of the palms. Make sure that no light rays enter the eyes, and leave no gaps between fingers or between the edge of the palms and the nose. You may still see other lingering traces of colors. Imagine deep blackness and focus on the blackness. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly, while thinking of some happy incident; or visualize a distant scene. After your eyes see nothing but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.
2. Close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds, then open them for 3-5 seconds. Repeat this 7 or 8 times.
3. Close your eyes and massage them with circular movements of your fingers for 1-2 minutes. Make sure you press very lightly; otherwise, you could hurt your eyes.
4. Press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids, and hold them there for 1-2 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times.
5. Sit and relax. Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Repeat 5 times, and blink in between each time.
6. Sit about 6 inches (200 mm) from the window. Make a mark on the glass at your eye level (a small sticker, black or red, would be perfect). Look through this mark and focus on something far away for 10-15 seconds; then focus on the mark again.
7. Hold a pencil in front of you at arm's length. Move your arm slowly to your nose, and follow the pencil with your eyes until you can't keep it in focus. Repeat 10 times.
8. Look in front of you at the opposite wall and pretend that you are writing with your eyes, without turning your head. It may seem difficult at first, but with a bit of practice it is really fun. The bigger the letters, the better the effect.
9. Imagine that you are standing in front of a really big clock. Look at the middle of the clock. Then look at any hour mark, without turning your head. Look back at the center. Then look at another hour mark. Do this at least 12 times. You can also do this exercise with your eyes closed.
10. Focus on a distant object (over 150 feet or 50 m away) for several seconds and slowly refocus your eyes on a nearby object (less than 30 feet or 10 m away) that's in the same direction. Focus for several seconds and go back to the distant object. Do this 5 times.
11. Focus on an object in the distance (as far as possible) with a low contrasting background. Do this for a few minutes every half hour or so. This does not improve your vision, nor does any other technique. It can, however, maintain your best eyesight level during the day and prevent significant further vision deterioration.
Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Exercise-Your-Eyes

We eat three times a day - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. And 2x in between for breaktime. While on AFK, yes you can eat, and do try to eat at least 3x a day for the basics. This will help you get thru the 12 hours of playtime.

To eat or not to eat!

Find other ways to do while your characters are on AFK. Listening to music, reading a book or cleaning up your room will kill some time before you go on level-grinding again or some good ol' PVP.

Relax with good music according to your mood, while your characters do their job. ^^

Stretch your muscles. Sitting infront of the computer can seriously make your muscles cold - thus you'll get cramps afterwards. Try to relax, and do some basic exercises straight from your chair.
Step 1:
Start by sitting up straight in your chair. Hold on to the chair arms or the seat of your chair. With feet gently resting flat on the floor, begin by squeezing buttocks to tighten muscles. Hold the position for about three seconds. Rest, take a deep breath and repeat several times. Practice deep breathing during all exercise.

Step 2:
Relax in your chair and breathe. Exercise buttocks while sitting with hip lifts. Sit toward the edge of your chair next with your back straight. Hang on to chair arms or seat. Lean your shoulders or upper torso toward the chair back. (It's okay to lean shoulders against the chair a bit.) Spread knees apart slightly with both feet flat resting on the floor. Lift hips up and hold for about three seconds. Rest, take a deep breath and repeat several times. Stop and breathe.

Step 3:
Practice chair squats to exercise buttocks while sitting. Sit straight up in your chair. Hang on to chair arms or seat to start with. Place feet flat and securely on the floor. Push yourself up to an almost standing position. Inhale. Hold for about three seconds; then sit back down slowly and exhale. Lift up again to almost standing but this time don't sit. Squat slowly several times before sitting to relax. Inhale while pushing up; exhale while squatting.

Step 4:
Tighten buttocks during chair push ups. Use the arms of your chair to lift your body upward and squeeze buttocks together tightly. Hold for approximately three seconds and release to sitting. Keep back straight while performing chair push ups and avoid tightening shoulders or the neck. Breathe throughout the exercise and rest when finished.

Step 5:
Practice alternating leg lifts. Sit up straight and toward the edge of your chair. Extend your legs straight out in front of you with both heels resting on the floor. Hang on the chair arms or seat.

Step 6:
Lift the right leg and buttock by leaning over to the left a bit. Tighten the right buttock and continue to lift about six times. Lift the left leg and buttock leaning over to the right; tighten the left buttock while lifting. Inhale and exhale between lifts. Alternate sides and lifts next. Rest and breathe.

Step 7:
Exercise buttocks while sitting with butterfly exercises. Sit straight in your chair again toward the edge. Hold on to the chair arms or seat. Lean back slightly. Hold knees together with both feet of the floor in front of you.

Step 8:
Spread your knees apart as wide as you can without moving your upper body. Allow your heels to lift from the floor as you move your knees outward. Inhale and exhale as you open and close your knees.
Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_2071958_exercise-buttocks-sitting.html

Hey, levelling up is not as easy as it looks. :D

Do something creative, or let loose once in awhile in the real world. Try to balance your lifestyle and make sure you don't lose your connection to reality - this gives true meaning into life.

"...And as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be, friends forever!"

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reimaru said...

hay i miss the old console days...
nasa bahay ka lang naglalaro hanggang kinabukasan lol

sa online games di ako msyado mkapag tengga mode ^^

thanks for the tips miss veya ^^
and congrats to the blogspotter

Veya said...

ahahahaha~ i was and still a console game player as well ^_^

base by experience yung article, hope it helps ^^

Darrick said...

this post desreves a blogspotting .. too bad your a CM XD!

they should post it on the official site since its really helpful...

Darrick said...


Veya said...

i'll ask hrin, not as blogspotting of course XD~

thanks darrick :)