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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Health consciousness is a veritable phenomenon nowadays, with people so concerned about their well-being they are willing to spend hours at the gym every week, practice self-denial in their diet in order to lose weight, or give up alcohol and sugar to cleanse their system. However, you may not have considered one option in order to increase your health and well-being: playing video games.

There is a lot of empirical evidence to suggest that gaming is actually very good for your cognitive health. Check out a few scientifically proven health benefits of gaming below:

gaming benefits

  1. Improved Hand To Eye Coordination:

Believe it or not, your hand to eye coordination will be given an incredible boost when you regularly play games. This is due to your eyes, hands and brain consistently working in unison to make quick decisions accurately.

  1. Gaming Could Help Relieve Pain:

The next time you take a day off work sick, don’t feel guilty about sitting around playing games all day! According to a literature review in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, of a total of 38 studies looked at, video games improved the health of a total of 195 people.

There has also been scientific research that found that while playing games, in particular, VR games, people suffered less anxiety and pain caused by medical procedures or illness.

  1. It May Increase Your Brain Matter:

A study from Germany-based Max Planck Institute in 2014 and that was published in Molecular Psychology, discovered that playing Super Mario 64 actually increased the size of the brain regions responsible for fine motor skills, spatial orientation,, strategic planning and memory formation in volunteers.

  1. Playing Tetris Has Been Proven To Limit Trauma:

Yes, you read that correctly! A study published in Molecular Psychiatry illustrated that o traffic accident patients arriving at an ER in Oxford, England, ones who were randomly selected to play 20 minute sof Tetris ended up having 62 percent less traumatic traffic accident flashbacks than those who read or completed crosswords.

  1. Playing 3D Video Games May Increase Your Memory Capacity:

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience back in 2015 showed that 69 individuals were placed into three groups and were tasked with either playing Angry Birds, Super Mario 3D World or nothing at all for a few weeks at a time. The Mario-gamers performed better in subsequent memory-related tasks, whereas the other participants had no change at all. It was concluded that gamers who enjoy more complex 3D titles performed better overall.

 

So, what to do if you want to be healthy? Carry on going to the gym of course. Also, try and limit the amount of alcohol that you drink, and the amount of sugar in your diet, and try and eat the right food. As well as this, though, you can add another thing to your regimen which is scientifically proven to improve your brain health: gaming.

To find out more about the benefits of gaming, see the infographic below from our partners at Computer Planet.

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