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Easy Eye Exercises You Can Do At Home!

Easy Eye Exercises You Can Do At Home! 900 900 Elite Edge

The same way you can improve your physical health by increasing your strength or conditioning, your visual skills can also benefit from exercising a variety of techniques.

However, due to the current COVID landscape, many of us find ourselves still following stay-at-home orders and practicing social distancing. As a result, many of us have had to get creative with how we work out or stay active, i.e. the recent emergence of diy work-out equipment.

With that in mind, we wanted to share with you some easy ways or simple techniques you can do at home to exercise your eyes:

Reduce digital eye strain: admittedly, sometimes we can spend too much time staring at a screen. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) it’s recommended that we take frequent breaks from looking at our screen and follow the 20-20-20 rule; which involves looking 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds at a time.

Focus change: this is a quick exercise we picked up from Healthline, it’s quick, easy, and can help with the aforementioned digital eye strain. This exercise is recommended to be done while seated.

  • Hold your index finger a few inches away from one eye.
  • Focus your eyes on the finger.
  • Slowly move your finger away from the face
  • Focus on an object farther away or behind your finger, and then back on the finger.
  • Maintaining the focus, bring the finger back closer to the eye.
  • Focus on an object farther away.
  • Repeat for a total of THREE (3) times

Figure 8s: another quick exercise you can do while sitting down, MedicalNewsToday breaks down the exercising as the following:

  • Focus on an area on the floor around 8 to 10 feet away.
  • Move your eyes tracing the shape of a figure 8.
  • Continue tracing the imaginary figure 8 for 30 seconds, then switch direction.

While there is limited evidence to show that these eye exercises can improve your vision, they can help with eye comfort and promote better eye health.

If you are interested in improving your vision and increase overall athletic performance, check out the Edge Trainer by Vizual Edge. This web-based, 3-dimensional training program trains core visual skills and is designed to test, track, and improve the efficiency of your visual system.

The Real Reason Why Physical Training Isn’t Enough

The Real Reason Why Physical Training Isn’t Enough 900 900 Elite Edge

How would you describe an athlete? Like many of you, we would most likely start with physical prowess:someone who can lift large amounts of weight, run at fast speeds, a high vertical jump, etc.

While all of these physical characteristics may be relevant, they have become almost the only means by which the word athlete is literally defined.. Merriam Webster defines an athlete as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Therefore, the best way to become or develop yourself as an athlete is to focus on your physical training only, right? Wrong.

Although an athlete’s physical profile can certainly help them succeed in their respective sport, nowadays, athletes are made by combining three key elements: physical, technical, and mental.

Let’s take hockey for example, as former players, we could spend hours working on physical training – weight lifting, skating speed, endurance,etc. If we wanted to hone in on our technique we could practice stickhandling, passing, shooting etc. So, how do we train the mental component of our game?

Admittedly, at the time, the extent of our mental training was limited to various vision training exercises and film breakdown. However, nowadays, it’s becoming more and more clear that mental training is crucial to becoming an athlete.

A great first step to starting your path of mental training is by focusing on your vision, over 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Through the Edge Trainer by Vizual Edge we will hone and develop core visual skills that will help with your reaction, awareness, and ability to process and act on information – building you into a better athlete.

After all, the body has its limits…the mind does not!

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