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Gaming: The Healthy Lifestyle's Friend or Foe?

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Jul 17, 2017 - 8:58:30 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The obesity epidemic affecting younger generations across North America and Europe has been blamed on a complex myriad of factors. One factor that has received its fair share of criticism is gaming, both video gaming and online gaming, with some critics believing the gaming sector to be partly behind the rise in a sedentary lifestyle, and a corresponding uplift in weight and health issues.

However, what this criticism completely misses is the sort of health benefit that directly stems from gaming and iGaming as leisure activities experienced in moderation. Let’s analyze further...

Taking Time to Relax

Overindulging on anything never lends itself to a winning lifestyle, but taking time out in the middle of a busy day to enjoy some of your favorite hobbies, which might include playing games online or playing console games, can only be a good thing when it comes to helping you unwind and relax. Being more relaxed brings with it its own range of health benefits, and relaxing by enjoying some time spent gaming can help to reduce your adrenaline response by up to 50%. In fact, research into this has shown that games bring with them a wide range of health benefits.


"Mobile games - Bejeweled" by Ian Lamont (CC BY 2.0)

Relaxation isn’t all about sitting there and doing nothing; in fact, learning how to achieve a state of ongoing relaxation will allow you to be more productive when you go to work or you need to make a deadline. If you start to feel stressed in any environment, it can also help to detach yourself from the situation and find some instant relaxation, perhaps by leaving your work desk, finding a break room, and enjoying a quick session of mobile gaming.

In fact, mobile games are perfect for this sort of 'low commitment' relaxation activity, as you can literally pick them up and play them for as long or as short a session as you want. This approach helps with the overall sense of relaxation; you won’t even need to commit lots of cash in order to achieve this effect as you can click here now to sign up with VegasCasino.io, an operator that rewards you with free spins and exclusive bonus codes as a thank you for playing with them. The site allows you to play everything from themed slot machines to blackjack with a live dealer when you join.

Getting Your Social Supplement

Forget obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, another way that people can quickly find themselves suffering from ill health is due to social isolation. Getting out there and meeting people in the flesh can ease this, but the truth is that people with mobility issues or those who find personal interactions difficult can find solace in online gaming, which offers an easy way for individuals to get their social fix.

 


"Clash of Clans Screenshot Android" by  (CC BY 2.0)

There are many ways to be a social gamer; some sports games use voice chat, whilst other games have been created solely for the intention of encouraging collaboration across borders and across oceans. Take the example of mass multiplayer online games like Clash of Clans, where players are actively encouraged to interact through rewards for collaboration.

 

With gaming offering all these health benefits (and we haven’t even begun to cover the benefits offered by games that rely upon augmented reality, like Pokemon Go, which got gamers out into the open exploring places they had never seen before), perhaps it is finally time to start considering gaming not as a drain on people's health, but as a serious boon for personal wellbeing.



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