Hello again! It’s Hilary, here with some supplementary information to Y4G videos about modifying your gaming space to accommodate more movement, change of position, and standing.
**Disclaimer: I am not a medical provider, and this should in no way replace medical advice or attention. If you are really hurting, please do consult your provider and they should be able to help with these issues, and make referrals as needed**
If you’re going to be standing for a long period of time, remember to make sure your feet are properly supported (I’ve heard some people like standing on yoga mats for this), and that you are standing in a solid and well supported position, like Danielle demonstrated in her standing video.
The way you stand/modify your sitting routine while gaming will depend a lot on what sorts of games you play, and whether you use a PC or console system. The important thing is to find a setup that works for you so you are not in one position all the time. A previous blog post went into detail about different positions and the potential issues that arise for sitting for too long. A lot of the advice and experiences below were probably inspired by the research cited in that blog entry.
While gaming at the PC, it may be difficult to stand for any length of time without a standing desk with
monitors and controls at the proper height. There is an article on Kotaku detailing the author’s experience transitioning to a standing desk, and specifically getting used to PC gaming while standing.
The take away conclusions: Do a trial run before investing in an expensive standing desk/new setup. Standing does also make it easier to move away from gaming to other activities and come back, with less time and effort required to leave or come back to your station. And, interestingly, standing while playing a first person view game may feel more immersive and give you a new experience.
It may be difficult to spend the majority of your time standing, and that is okay too!
If that is the case for you, suggestions are as follows:
These suggestions are coming from another interesting article from someone who got a standing desk, and realized that standing all the time was not going to work:
Also, make your chair/couch/sitting implement an integral part of your gaming set up. Make sure it’s at the right height so you’re not craning your neck to game, so that your legs are comfortable, and your back is fully supported. Here’s an article about that:
Personally, this is what I have done:
So, this is a more realistic set-up compared to the emperor chairs or hamster wheel standing desks for most of us. Teddie is still getting used to the balance ball chair, and he’s currently playing Eternal Sonata because it is clearly an accurate representation of human composers for him to learn from. :P
That’s the basics! Of course, it never hurts to decorate your gaming area and make it a pretty/interesting place to be, as well.
Have any additional stories or suggestions? Want to share how you’ve decked out your gaming space?
Let us know!
Danielle enjoys yoga, writing, games, cartoons, and music. She relates a lot to Avatar Korra and is training hard as a yogi to learn element bending. She's also interested in exploring the element of PLAY found in both yoga and video games. Danielle is the one you see in the videos and the creator of Y4G.