What you can do before gaming
Here are some tips to consider before you start playing to help prevent cold hands while gaming.
Warm up your body
One way to get warm hands is to warm up your body. This can help to get your blood pumping, which generates heat. Try doing some squats, push-ups, or other exercises that raise your heart rate for 2-5 minutes. This should be enough to make you feel warmer.
Do hand exercises
Hand exercises are another great way to warm up your cold hands. These exercises increase blood flow to your fingers, providing heat. Some common hand exercises for cold hands include:
– Rub your palms together quickly for at least 30 seconds.
– Clench your fist by squeezing your hand together, then release and spread your fingers wide. Repeat 5-10 times.
Establish a comfortable room temperature
A cold environment can trigger the body to use unnecessary energy to heat itself. This energy comes from the center of the body, which causes warm blood to flow away from your fingers. To avoid this, make sure that the room you are sitting in is heated to a comfortable temperature. In addition, you can add more clothes to help keep you warm.
Limit your caffeine intake
Consuming a high amount of caffeine can cause stress hormones like cortisol to rise to levels where you may start feeling nervous and uncomfortable. As we mentioned earlier, nervousness or stress is the most common reason why gamers experience cold hands during gaming.
What you can do while gaming
Here are some tips you can consider using to help your hands stay warm during your gaming session.
Use fingerless gloves and arm sleeves
The gloves and arm sleeves keep the skin covered to protect against the cold while allowing the hands and fingers to touch and grip freely. More specifically, the arm sleeves are designed to increase blood flow by adding compression around the arm, which generates heat.
Use an electric hand warmer
Electronic hand warmers are a great way to use technology to warm up cold hands. There are many different types of devices available, and you can easily find one that is both useful and affordable. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, reusable hand warmers are also available and can be a good alternative to electric ones.
Provide heat from your body to your hands
One way to make use of the heat your body generates is to fold your hands and breathe warm air into them. This helps to transfer heat from your body to your hands and keep them warm. Sitting on your hands can also help to utilize the heat between your body and the chair. Additionally, placing your hands on the skin of your body can help to transfer heat from your body to your hands.
Prevent colds hands with this exercise
If you often experience cold hands while gaming, there is an exercise that may help. This hand-in-ice-water exercise is designed to help your hands adapt to the cold, which can reduce your symptoms.