If you’re one of the millions of gamers who love playing on the PC, welcome to the PC master race. And if you’re one of the millions of gamers who also suffer from back and neck strain, we understand your plight. Thankfully, today we have some tips on how you can get more comfortable while at your computer gaming desk and be ready for those long gaming marathons.
Tip #1: Make sure your monitor is at the correct height
Too often, gamers make the mistake of looking down at a monitor that is positioned too low—below eye level. An optimal position would place the midpoint or middle third of the monitor at eye level, thereby eliminating unnecessary neck strain as you bend down to see clearly.
Tip #2: Sit back in your chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground
Doing so ensures that you actually take advantage of the back support your chair provides. If you sit too far forward, you’re likely to hunch over (this also goes along with the monitor height issue), creating all kinds of back aches. People often tend to sit with their chair too high, so consider lowering it to ensure you can sit back comfortably.
Tip #3: Stretch your legs
It might sound counterintuitive to advise someone to walk around when they’re trying to play a game, but the truth is that most matches, whether you’re playing an FPS or an RTS game, have a start and end point, followed by a period of waiting for the next game to begin. This is the perfect opportunity to move around a bit and stretch your legs so you keep your blood flowing and your muscles and tendons limber. This will help prevent cramps and other aches down the line caused simply by your immobility.
With these three tips, you should feel way more comfortable, no longer how long you’ve been playing. And a comfortable gamer is a relaxed gamer, and a relaxed gamer wins more often. So get out there and get winning!