Health & lifestyle tips for poker players
The glitz and glamour of Poker have caught the eyes of many players. A game that provides the entertainment, the big bucks and new platforms to socialize. But there is one major factor that takes a back seat when it comes to poker; your health! While we agree that this isn’t like most sedentary jobs (off course its more fun), lets face it, the game does have you glued to your seat for a long period of time without burning any calories. In addition, the levels of stress are intense and mental your health also ends up taking a beating.
So to begin with, the sooner you acknowledge the fact that your health is important to mastering poker, the sooner you’ll progress up the ladder. Here are a few simple tips to inculcate during your non-poker hours that will not just keep you healthy but will also significantly improve your game.
#1 Get some good sleep
While you relentlessly pursue your dreams with 10 hours of high concentration poker, remember your body needs to rest from both the physical and mental exersion of these hours. For the very same reason, we recommend you a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can hinder your game the next day by lowering your ability to think clearly and make the right decisions and may not keep your emotions at bay.
It’s also crucial to get this sleep during the right time. Listen to your bodies circadian rhythms; Circadian rhythms are physiological, mental and behavioral changes governed by the body within a 24-hour clock, according to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. They are effected by environmental cues, such as sunlight, darkness and temperature. So 12 hours of sleep during the day will not compensate 8 hours of sleep from 10 pm -6 am for your body’s optimal functioning. So make it a habit to sleep right!
#2 MOVE, exercise your body
The human body is designed to move, for thousands of years, that’s exactly what we did. However, in the mid 20th century technological advances began to slowly eat away physical activity, leading to sedentary jobs and lifestyles.
As a poker player its good to get in at least 45 minutes of physical exercise a day. This routine will certainly help improve your physique, stamina, alertness and sleep patterns. All key factors that will also help improve your game.
#3 Eat Right
You are what you eat they say. Poker players take comfort in eating foods that are easily accessible. Since they are on-the-go fast food, take outs and home deliveries make up their meals. Not only do these foods slow you down and make you less productive, but it all gradually leads to obesity and further health complications. Our advice, keep it simple have three complete meals on time (time being crucial) and schedule light snacks in-between to recharge your bodies.
Once you’ve got this routine going focus on enhancing the quality of food you consume. Brain foods are the rocket fuel for Poker players. Eat foods with a high Omega 3 fats that will help insulate the brain and therefore aid a better thinking process.
#4 Stay Hydrated!
Not with your favourite dose of caffeine! Drink a lot of water!
Staying hydrated helps keep your body functioning optimally and makes one awake and alert. Contrary to popular belief, coffee or tea or your favourite energy drink does not give you that extra energy boost, in fact it further strains the heart.
Sugary drinks are a poker players best friend. Well, its time to let this friend go. Sodas and packaged fruit juices only cause a temporary spike in blood sugar levels and then suddenly comes the big drop. Low blood sugar levels impair your cognitive abilities which will effect your poker playing skills.