Turns out... quite a bit.
Elite level gameplay requires elite level habits.
For the talented players who've already experienced a 'pinnacle achievement', hoisted a championship trophy or bear-hugged an over-sized check... you should probably continue reading or share this article with your coach.
The fires have been lit and there are millions of up and coming players around the world, preparing to take what's yours.
This article is the first of many to come... within our Gaming Performance Series.
Where we'll be covering the latest neuroscience, training, technology and cognitive optimization hacks that you'll want to take mental notes of, while creating your own personal blueprint, of what you recognize - works best for you.
Congratulations. It’s official, eSports players are increasingly being recognized as 'official athletes'. Some may argue this - but we believe it became official the moment that first eSports tournament was held.
Fun Fact: October 19, 1972, the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University organized the world's first eSports tournament, the Intergalactic Spacewar Olympics.
Great name, right?
Now that this movement of eSports has been commercialized, the future has the potential to be as amazing as the name of the first tournament.
You are not just a "gamer" anymore, you're a bonified brand... and an amplifier for any brand who'd love to have you market or promote theirs.
All of this - leads to more competitors, all thinking harder and more strategically about how to gain a competitive edge.
It's still amazing to us how many people haven't figured out how horrible these energy drinks are for our bodies.
Since we're introducing a line of true performance-enhancing products - to disrupt this light dimming movement that started a long time ago - we're going to start right here.
If you didn't know - you will now. We plan on doing our part to help deprogram the numb.
According to Rene Pinkera, who is a World Champion for World of Warcraft, stated in an interview about esports training practice, "You always see opponents with energy drinks and other beverages that are loaded with sugar, people who don't watch what they eat.” And with this practice of loading the mind and body with crazy levels of sugar and caffeine comes a mix of short-lived energy, the jitters, and exhausting lows.
The Unfortunate Truth of Energy Drinks:
But, thankfully the standards of practice are beginning to change by gamers wanting to push their mental capacities to new heights and becoming informed about healthy diets and the right training.
Just as top athletes train rigorously for competition, gamers can and should be training their minds and bodies to work together to achieve optimal performance.
In the following paragraphs, we have outlined the necessary steps and a specific training regime for gamers to achieve their highest level of physical and cognitive performance.
It all begins with understanding the science behind the mind-body connection and its influence on performance. Recent research shows that there is a defined relationship between the two when it comes to high-intensity situations and athletic performances, and it’s currently being applied in the realm of E-Sports.
Reaction time, focus and accuracy are fundamental aspects of gaming. In the world of gaming (especially professional gaming) scientists and researchers have been working hard to evaluate and define the mental and physical aspects of gaming. And with that comes recommendations for improving “athletic” ability.
Throughout history, gamers have tended to be less physically active than recommended, but the “new” gamer/pro understands the importance of physical activity and its connection to mental fitness and endurance. Our daily actions and activities are processed on a cellular level, first by our Mitochondria - the “powerhouses' ' of our cells - who begin to multiply the more our bodies are strained.
This process is called biogenesis- and it not only affects our muscles and tendons but affects our cognitive functions as well. The increased energy levels from biogenesis allow our minds to focus better from higher levels of focus and sustained energy.
Plus,physical exercise releases endorphins in the brain which help reduce stress and fatigue, two factors that can skew mental performance.
Top eAthletes rely on a steady fitness routine to increase their effectiveness and speed up their reflexes while gaming. (Link to related blog article --For how to create and maintain a healthy fitness routine, read here.)
A healthy and flexible mind requires a body that’s loose, especially when things get intense during gaming sessions. We strongly recommend establishing a regular stretching and/or yoga practice.
If you’d like to stretch in the comfort of your home, you can create a simple routine that includes a mix of Angle Rolls, Sit-to-Stands, Side Reaches, Scapular Retractions, and Neck Rolls. These exercises can have a great impact on your agility and reaction time when playing.
Become a student of the Neuroscience of Gaming so that you can better understand the dynamics that come into play surrounding reaction time, energy, and attention.
Put simply, our bodies utilize a synergetic system for optimizing and sustaining gaming performance, high-level skill adaptation, and longevity. One of the most important aspects of this system is getting into “flow state,” a neurological condition recognized as the deepest level of creativity, focus, and immersion in the game at hand.
The concept “State of Flow” was coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and it describes the primed neurophysiologic state of being completely immersed in the activity at hand. When this occurs anxiety decreases, the mind becomes calmer, and your excellence can shine through. In order for this to happen, it’s vital that you prime your mind, body, and nervous system on a daily basis.
This is where a mix of stretching, exercise, practice, and nutrition comes into the mix. Ignore these aspects, and it’s nearly impossible to get into a flow state and stay there.
There are some gamers that magically have the powers to get into the flow state naturally. However, most of us need some help and understand the importance of nutrients that can boost cognition, response time, and focus.
These nutrients can be found in K1 Exploit. It supports the neurochemistry of entering a Flow State more reliably and sustainably while helping to improve skill level and engagement in the games you love.
Our microbiome, the hosts of bacteria that live in our gut, are responsible for almost 80 percent of our immune systems. These colonies of bacteria also have a powerful connection to our minds.GI problems can have a huge impact on focus, reaction time, mood, and anxiety levels.
You should strongly consider adopting a diet rich in whole foods such as fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and organic meats. You can also consider a KETO diet, which is effective in decreasing body fat and increasing energy levels. These healthy sources of energy can help improve strategic thinking skills and lessen fatigue.
Lastly, supplementation is a key component to a healthy diet, especially for avid gamers and pros (or really anyone who has a need to concentrate for extended periods of time). Of course, there is an overwhelming number of supplements on the market, even those specifically designed for gamers.
Our research has revealed that the following nutrients are a must for gamers before, during, and after they game. This is why we’ve developed a Force Multiplying System with K1 that focuses on every aspect of brain and eyes nutrition that gamers need to thrive.
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The gaming community is famous for keeping a good sense of humor when the rest of the world is offended, and honestly that could be something historically relevant in the grand scheme of things. Dank gaming memes are where it's at, we've collected a couple here; following is the list and we'll go through it--know your funny gaming memes!
If you can't use illegal substances in competition - then you shouldn't be using them during practice.
With the rise of popularity around "Nootropics" - there are supplements that can boost the brain functions necessary for achieving a peak gaming state - working memory, mental energy, focus and attention, creative thinking, strategic thinking, stress resistance, good mood and motivation...