This is a guest post by Marcus, the Community and Content Manager at ComputerPlanet.co.uk, a platform that design and build custom gaming PC’s, CAD workstations and desktop computers.
Scientists are now able to show that gaming can be part of a healthy lifestyle, as empirical evidence increasingly shows that it can be good for your health in a variety of ways. Below we will briefly outline some of this evidence.
Firstly, gaming can be good for your brain. Certain areas in particular, for example, the areas of your brain that are associated with spatial awareness and planning are strengthened by gaming. As well as this, other cognitive skills can be improved through gaming, such as memory, motor skills, attention, and concentration.
In addition, gaming is also increasingly used in the treatment of illnesses and disorders. For example, clinicians have used gaming in treating things as diverse as post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease and to help people overcome trauma in general. In the case of the latter, gaming has been shown to quicken recovery and to reduce the incidence of flashbacks to the event.
Finally, gaming can even improve your cardiovascular health and increase your fitness. A new trend in gaming, known as exergaming, involves playing video games through moving your body and interacting with the game physically.
Games such as Wii fit are examples of this genre. In a society in which people increasingly lead sedentary lifestyles, this form of gaming could be a game changer for the fitness industry, could be used to get children moving more, and could perhaps help to fight the obesity epidemic that is afflicting modern society.
The National Institute of health is full of praise for this new form of gaming, and have outlined how it exponentially increased activity levels in those who play.
As we have seen then, gaming can have amazing benefits for our health and wellbeing, and what I have outlined above is merely the tip of the iceberg.
To find out more about the benefits of gaming, see the infographic below from our partners at Computer Planet.
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