One of the best things about video games is the lack of commercial breaks to interrupt us when things are getting good. I’m kind of dreading the day when, just before a boss encounter, instead of a cutscene, we’ll be subjected to some sort of ad, even if it’s in the game environment. I have my doubts that they’d reach the heights (or depths) attained by the examples here.
However, that lack of brief, regularly-scheduled intermissions means that we’re kind of left to cast about and fend for ourselves when it comes to grabbing a piece of fruit, or glass of water, or the inevitable “BRB Bio” that extended chair time will eventually require.
Relax. I’m not going to tell you when to go to the bathroom. Some things ought not to require that level of guidance and micro-management. Also? Ew. No.
However, there are mini-interludes in a lot of our games that we can take advantage of in exactly the same way that commercial breaks can — opportunities to do a little something healthy, activity-wise. We’re not saying “Go run five miles” here (…okay, yeah, on Patch Tuesday, that is a viable option if you don’t have a day job), we’re just talking about grabbing a minute here or there to get the blood moving, maybe work on toning up something we want to focus on.
Waiting a few minutes for a mob or quest-giver to respawn? Taking a computer-controlled inter-continental flight? Downloading a patch? Ganked early in a boss fight? Get out of your chair and do something — pushups, situps, chin-ups, jumping jacks, whatever. Lots of stuff doesn’t require any equipment beyond some open space on the floor and the motivation to use it. You’ll be amazed at how often you can grab a little activity break in the course of a gaming session.
I made a deal with myself yesterday while doing some questing in World of Warcraft — every time I hopped a flapping conveyance between flight points, I’d do at least a dozen chin-ups or thirty pushups. In a couple hours’ worth of shenanigans, that really adds up — in small, manageable, and completely modest chunks, to quite a few reps.
Today? I just flew in from the coast, and, boy, are my arms tired.