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Welcome to 1HP

I’m Matt Hwu, the creator of 1HP. If you are looking for simple advice on how to prolong your gaming career, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re like most gamers out there – whether it be casual, competitive or professional gaming – your health is the LAST THING you want to prevent you from gaming. This is where I come in. Here at 1HP I focus on providing simple guidelines for gamers, to keep them gaming.

I’m happy that you are here. It means you are proactive in learning about yourself, your health and how you can not only improve your quality of life, but your quality of gaming.  My belief in helping you is simple:

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Live well so you can game well

Your Gaming Career

A healthy lifestyle is truly the pre-requisite for a long and happy gaming career. And while it’s easy to ignore during our gaming binges, that dreadful grungy feeling you get afterwards can absolutely be prevented. Finishing a long boss raid or competitive match and feel refreshed? No way right?

It’s very possible. But there are first a few things you have to understand. Replenishing your HP is about improving five pillars of your life.

Nutrition

Our gaming fuel. Nutrition__3Often the most overlooked but it is truly the foundation to our health. Most gamers eat what is available to them, out of convenience. I don’t blame them, it saves them time. But in the long-run, it is what is going to keep them from continuing to game. The problem is that when we look for nutrition guidelines, there is WAY TOO MUCH information out there. Too many gurus telling you that their way is the best.

My goal is to filter through the mountains of knowledge out there to give you simple nutrition tips to follow. I want it to be the least amount of hassle for you, so you can get back to what you love – gaming.

Exercise

Exercise_2ndAs a Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, exercises are what I preach.  We’ve all been told many times about how important it is in our overall health, but most gamers don’t know where to start. Either that or we focus too much on our show muscles (chest and biceps).

I’m here to help you that simple start. I want to help you understand the basics of exercise and how to best approach it so you don’t finish your program with skinny legs and massive arms.

Prevention & Injury Management


Your health is all about your lifestyle. This means your habits and behaviors throughout the day and even your beliefs on the different aspects of your life. Life is not easy, even I’m still trying to figure it out. As a PT and S&C Coach, I’ve learned quite a few things from teaching people how to not only move better, but how to live better.

InjuryManagementMy wrist hurts. My hands are numb. I can’t stay in the same position when I game because my back hurts. With gaming on the rise, aches and pains are becoming more and more common. We are at risk for a multitude of posture and repetitive-strain related injuries because of the nature of games nowadays. Long single-player gaming sequences, hour-long competitive matches, extensive raids that can last for hours and the list goes on…

When we do have pain, what do we do? Again as your Physical Therapist, my goal is to help you manage your injuries and eliminate any sensation that prevents you from enjoying gaming.

Mindset

MindsetOur most powerful tool and the secret to what all gamers want: to win. What do I mean by mindset? This is our emotional intelligence and basically the set of beliefs that influence our decisions.

We are in control of what we focus on before, during and after gaming (especially competitive/professional gaming) – All of which can influence our gaming performance and the stress that comes along with it.

This is truly an aspect of gaming that I am excited to help gamers with. The mental component of eSports is something that is rarely focused on yet can be the deciding factor between the Champion and Runner-Up.

Where do I start?

If you’ve somehow arrived here, you realized somewhere along your gaming journey that you have 1HP. Don’t worry, I’m here to replenish your HP.  There are three posts that I consider to be required reading for anyone who is looking to improve their life.

  1. What Gamers need to know about Injuries
  2. What Gamers need to know about Exercise
  3. Healthy Living leads to Healthy Gaming

From there, feel free to explore any area that you are interested in. If you have pain, head over to the injury management section. If you want to find a quick and healthy snack to make during your gaming binges, head over to the nutrition section. If you want to work on your coordination, reaction time or just improve your physical conditioning – head over to the exercise section.

There is a place for everyone here and if there is something you are looking for that you CAN’T find, please let me know. I’m here to help. Send me a message and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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The Bottom Line

I’m here to help you. So let me know what you guys think about what I post and anything else you guys want to know 🙂 I’ll keep them in mind as I develop content for all the gamers out there.