Playing Games: Keeping you Fit in body and mind

Gaming can make you smarter both on and off the field

Playing an active sports game is a great way to keep your body fit. However, it is not just physical sports that keep you fit. While these might keep your body in tip-top shape, other non-physical games are great for making sure your mind is in just as great shape as your body. Gaming makes you smarter; both on and off the sports field.

Playing sports have many health and fitness benefits. Many sporting games involve a lot of running. Running is a very good form of cardio-vascular exercise, and this is important as it keeps your heart healthy and decreases your risks of heart disease and heart attack. It also has the added benefit of lowering your blood pressure as well as your LDL cholesterol. Playing sports continuously will help your increase and then maintain a high level of fitness due to the frequency at which you practice your sport. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and basketball are at the top of the list for the most athletic sport. For these, you need to have a good level of endurance, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. MMA in particular requires a great deal of stamina as it is fast paced and requires lots of fast actions. Basketball entails a lot of running and jumping, and other explosive movements. This makes basketball a great workout and way to keep fit.

It is recommended that you do at least thirty minutes of cardio-vascular exercise, at least five times a week to keep fit and healthy. If you play a sport like soccer or rugby where there is a lot of running, you get to easily check off your weekly cardio goals.

Exercising and being fit also have the benefit of alleviating a low mood. This is due to the endorphins that are released while you exercise. You will also experience increased energy through being fit and active, and this will increase your general enjoyment and quality of life. You will be more alert and energetic in your job as well as in your home life.

As an athlete it is a good idea to try out some non-physical games too. Board games such as Risk and Settlers of Catan can keep your mind as sharp as a needle as you needle!

This is also true for online games like bingo and poker, as well as Chess –all of which share the commonality of needing an astute mind that can not only think quickly, but develop long-term strategies for winning. These attributes will also have the spin-off effect of helping you in physical sports too. Your reaction times will be quicker, you will be more mentally alert, and you will have a keener mind for helping your team create good offense and defense strategies for winning.

It is clear that sporting games have many health benefits and keep you physically fit and active. But it is also important to keep your mind sharp by playing games that involve quick thinking and increases your capacity for strategising. These types of games will keep your mind fit and help you in many areas of your life.

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This article was last updated on February 20, 2018.
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