You might assume that portraying video games as bad for your health would be as easy as shooting ducks on an old Nintendo.

Even a professional gamer like Noah “Nifty” Francis, 22, admits players aren’t known for having great habits. Francis, who plays “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” for the Dallas-based Team Envy, knows people who play 14 hours at a time, so focused on the game that they forget to eat. “A lot are, like, so skinny – even frail-looking – because maybe they eat one meal a day.”

While nobody is suggesting you trade in your gym membership for a game subscription, it turns out there probably are worse things you could be doing with your leisure time, experts say. Keeping things balanced is key to avoiding pitfalls.