Developers, Gamers and other software professionals are the ones at a high risk of facing long-term repetitive use injuries. Since these professions require you to be seated for prolonged periods of time for years on end, your body – especially the spinal cord, is put under considerably severe prolonged stress. This means that if you do not perform some counter movements through activities such as Yoga, you run a high risk of your body completely breaking down and giving up at some point in the near future. Yoga poses are the #1 activity that all Gamers and Programmers should mandatorily include in their daily routine. Yoga has the additional benefits of relaxing the mind and soothing our nervous system which again is often under constant stress due to everyday work pressure.
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Let us now take a look at the 3 best yoga poses that you as a hardcore coder or gamer can do every day in order to keep your body and mind healthy.
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The Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana as it is officially called, is one of the most effective ways to combat spinal injuries and ailments. Since this pose gives a good stretch to your back and the entire spinal column, it counters the effects of sitting crouched for long durations at work. Coders, gamers and even other professionals who sit for long periods of time can use this asana to improve their spinal health. Be sure to also combine this pose with proper breathing practice in order to relax and recharge your mind. You can feel the effects of good breathing practice via the improved concentration and productivity you will see at work.
Downward Dog Pose
The Downward Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana is another super effective Yoga pose that straightens and stretches the entire spine. In addition, the Downward Dog Pose also strengthens the lower back which is often terribly weakened by sitting down for long periods of time as is often the case with developers and gamers. As with the Cobra Pose, it is important to combine this pose with the correct breathing practice to relax the mind and refresh your body.
The Plank Pose effectively supplements the Downward Dog pose and further strengthens the lower back muscles. In addition, this pose also stretches the wrist and fingers which makes it the perfect choice for geeks (and proud!), developers and hardcore gamers alike. These professionals face a high risk of illnesses such as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which can often be very painful. By practicing the plank pose every day, you can avoid such illnesses and lead a healthy life.
If practicing Yoga is not really your forte, you can always pursue some simple sports such as badminton. You can also go out hiking and spend your weekends camping out in the open under the stars. You can find good camping tent recommendations here. These are some effective ways to combat the problems that developers and gamers often face.