Is Online Poker a Perfect Game for the Fitness Freaks?

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We live in a world that has gone online in everything we do – especially the way we interact, transact, express, and play. They say ‘you are what you eat,’ and the impact of our ‘online’ life on our health is so strong that it is not an exaggeration anymore if one adds a corollary on the lines of ‘you are what you play’. As per an online survey, poker players are observed to be the fittest ones among all real money mobile gamers in the UK. Thanks to Jackpot.co.uk who surveyed more than 2000 players, research has identified that poker players’ Body Mass Index (BMI) is considerably lower than that of the fellow gamers who play slots, roulette, blackjack, etc.

The Survey Findings:

The findings of the survey have revealed that the BMIs of slot, roulette, dice, bingo, and blackjack players hover around 30, whereas the same for poker players is found to be 25 or below, which is at par with the national average, and also within the permissible limit set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

What could be secret of Pokers players’ fitness?

Woman Practising Yoga1. Exercise-conscious Nature of Poker players:

Poker players are observed to be the most exercise conscious among all real money mobile gamers. The report mentions that 58% of poker players engage in a physical activity for 5 or more days a week, at least half an hour a day. The fact that regular exercise regulates and maintains BMI requires no further proof, and it appears that poker players too are greatly benefitted by this good practice. However, we need science to tell us if there is any mind-body correlation between players’ preferences towards real money poker and regular exercise, or one could dismiss it as a matter of pure coincidence.

Strategy, Concentration, Physical Stamina2. The Nature of Poker Games:

If you are a real money mobile gamer, you’ll agree that poker demands better concentration and an ability to strategise when compared to other real money games.  It may be possible that poker players are naturally inclined to playing real money or free games that require strategic thinking, optimal decision-making or “cracking the code” kind of skills. The report also mentions about “physical stamina required to play poker”. Frankly, this is confusing because you don’t have to run a 400 metre track in order to play a hand of poker, nevertheless, we do acknowledge the increase in one’s heartbeat and perspiration levels while playing high-stakes! So yeah, physical stamina may be required in some cases.

Personal interaction with individuals who like to solve challenging puzzles and difficult games reveals that these people more often than not tend to participate in a sport, or follow a regular fitness regimen as part of their overall lifestyle.

Is it the nature of poker games that attracts players with excellent BMIs, or does regularly playing poker lead to an increased tendency to keep oneself fit? It does appear that the sedentary nature of other real money online games takes a toll on players’ fitness, but it is really for health experts to figure out the cause and affect of the same.

In a Nutshell….

Though researchers might take some time to establish scientifically plausible correlations between online poker and great fitness, we know that playing poker doesn’t hamper your fitness in a negative way to say the least. Whatever the conclusion may be, we believe there’s sufficient reason for poker players to pay attention to their fitness, and for fitness conscious persons to switch to poker. If any concrete proof is obtained, we might be able to support our hypotheses.

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