Getting Ready to Lose Some Weight

Nintendo OutfitI am a firm believer in a person’s ability to regain their health especially after a long vacation of candies and fats. I am in that predicament as I am nearing the 280 pound mark again. I could say that the holidays were horrible to me, but in truth it was I who was horrible to me. I should have been more alert as to what I was doing. But that’s going to change today.

Committing to Commitment

As my work and play evolve around sitting and getting very little physical activity, I need to commit myself to changing my routine. It can be a difficult process for some, but I’ve done it once before and lost 20 pounds over the span of two months. My difficulty is staying committed and remembering why I am doing this.

I am naturally a big guy, so I wear the extra weight well. However, my belly is melting over my pantline and that’s just wrong in my opinion. Walking up the stairs winds me sometimes, and I can only wrestle around with my children for about five minutes before I start panting like a marathon runner. I need to commit to changing if I want to fix this.

What Does This Have to Do with Gaming?

Everything. When sitting for hours on end, your body isn’t getting the physical movement it needs to properly maintain itself. Carbohydrates and fats stored in the body continue to mount as you don’t use them for energy – as you would if you exercised. For those of us that do not have hyperactive metabolisms as seen in teenagers and young 20-year olds, the carbs and such can mount up relatively quick.

Playstation ControllerEven the young are putting themselves at risk by not being more healthy. Sure you may be skinny and can eat everything you come across without losing weight, but it doesn’t bode well for your system to remain in such a state. Eventually, your metabolism will slow down – it’s a fact of life. Trust me, I was one of those kids. Now, I am suffering from that mindset of never gaining weight and have fattened myself up pretty good.

Luckily, developers such as those responsible for the Xbox Kinect are trying to help get people up and moving with games requiring body movement. I don’t necessarily include the Wii in such praises because it’s easier to cheat at physical games with the Wii than the Xbox, which will be an article of its own in the near future. Anyway, there are many games tailored to helping people get that activity while being entertained. Let’s face it, exercises and following the same DVDs over and over can get to be incredibly monotonous.

My Goals for Healthier Gaming

During the next few months, I am going to track all of my food and activity. I will add my results to this site and prove to myself, as well as everyone else, that you can lose weight without strict diets while incorporating gaming. The first things we need to focus on are:

  • Food intake
  • Exercise Routines
  • Procrastination
  • Accountability

Food Intake
You could go on a strict diet and lose weight by eliminating the foods that cause the most damage to your body. However, I believe that a gamer can still eat the goodies he or she likes – as long as it’s in moderation. Instead of a whole can of Pringles in one sitting, realize that 1 ounce of Pringles is still quite a few when it comes to snacking. It’s all about monitoring the amount of food you eat while making a few adjustments. I am adding more fruits and veggies while reducing my intake of sugars and salts.

Exercise Routine
This is the main focus of losing my body weight. Getting enough activity can be difficult for some, but possible if you take a few minutes out of your day to become mobile. Don’t fret about trying to find an hour of time to visit the gym. A quick five minute workout during breaks can make a huge difference in your lifestyle. Since I sit most of the day, I am going to focus on a hearty workout in the mornings and then short weight training sessions during breaks to get the blood pumping.

Kinect SportsProcrastination
If you’re like me, procrastination can be your undoing. It’s difficult to get into the mindset of doing something now when it can be done later. What usually happens is that “later” never comes because of random life situations. You need to get up and do it now before it gets too late. This is a good mindset for anything you do – it’s just difficult to maintain that way of thinking sometimes.

One of the reasons why many people fail at diets or healthier living is the lack of accountability. Since he or she isn’t held accountable for health, it can easily be forgotten about. Myself, I linked all of my health apps and such to Facebook and belong to two other social platforms. This helps me keep that accountability as friends and family can see my progress. By being truthful to myself, I can show everyone that I can be the pinnacle of healthy gaming without strict diets or medical procedures.

Using apps such as MyFitnessPayl, Run Keeper and, I can keep that competitive frame of mind as I work my way up in points against thousands of others. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be dressing up as a Marvel superhero this Halloween using my actual muscle mass instead of a padded costume. That is my goal – what is yours?

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You’re never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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