Most people sees that board games are for entertainment only, but this is not quite true. Board games have a series of direct and indirect benefits that can have a direct impact in your current life and in your future. To explain why it’s good for you, here are the health benefits of board games:
The risk of cognitive decline, usually related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, can be highly reduced when playing board games. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are responsible for complex thought and memory formation. Keeping these areas of the brain active will help you build and retain cognitive associations. If you’re young, it will help you reduce the risks of dementia in the future while if you’re already in a more advanced age, it’ll help you build new connections in your brain and reduce the progress of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Having fun has a direct impact in your blood pressure. When you are laughing your body increase its endorphins levels which in turn helps the muscles to relax and blood to circulate. This whole process can lower your blood pressure, but be careful to choose a game where you can have more fun than be competitive. If you are, like me, a very competitive person, it can instead elevate your blood pressure.
Negativity and stress are proved to be reasons that may take your immune system down. The happiness and laughter that follows when playing a board game also releases neuropeptides that can boost your body and reduce your stress.
Coordination and Dexterity
Some board games requires more from your fine motor skills to move pieces around, for example the game Ubongo. As everything else in life, regular practice will improve both your coordination and dexterity, which is most important for children or adults with mental or physical disabilities.
Board games can help children development in a number of ways. It can help children develop logic, critical thinking, boost spatial reasoning, increase verbal and communication skills (i.e. Scrabble), attention span, focus, math (i.e. Monopoly) and teamwork.
While we have video games being more and more popular, not to mention smartphones and tablets, people still love to play board games and have fun together. It’s a way of connecting with people you like and improve your overall health.
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Based on 5 Health Benefits of Board Games by Kathy Flute