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Surprising Benefits of Gaming Regularly

Posted July 6, 2017 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials

When it comes to gaming, many people are wary as they think that it’s a bad habit to game too frequently. Their worries are understandable. After all, when we’re gaming we’re not exactly at our most active. Some kids who game confine themselves to their rooms and can consequently become overweight or physically weak. But it’s important to remember that everything is good in moderation. You can game and spend time being healthy and active! You don’t need to compromise one or the other. There are also surprising health benefits that come with gaming. Here are just a few of them.

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Long Distance Walking

We’re all familiar with the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. On its release, the game for cell phones was applauded for bringing kids out of the bedrooms and homes to walk long distances in the search for rare or hard to find Pokemon. It encouraged individuals who are often shy or prefer to stay indoors to get out and about. So, if you enjoy gaming but want to burn a few calories or stretch your legs out and tone your thighs, this could be the perfect game for you.

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Impressive Reflexes and Reactions

Games plunge you into environments where you have to be able to act quickly in order to succeed. They encourage you to observe your surroundings, be cautious and ready to react quickly when necessary. But these skills don’t stay confined to your game play. You will automatically implement them into your day to day life! This is great for personal safety and you’re less likely to end up involved in accidents. It also improves your hand eye coordination, making you more proficient in all sorts of areas of life. So, there we have it! A video game console is an affordable way to keep on top of all of your reactions.


With be advent of interactive gaming, people have found themselves being more sociable with others. Working with others through verbal communication via headsets builds on extremely important life skills. The ability to engage with others is widely coveted and can help you to land jobs, make new friends and understand others around you. It is also great for individual mental health. The shy amongst us who struggle to face people in real life can gain confidence in a comfortable and non-intimidating environment that they can opt out of at any given time.

Improved Vision

This seems to go against everything we’re taught about video games. We’re all used to the old saying that if you stare at the screen for too long your eyes will go square. Obviously, we didn’t think they actually would. But it demonstrates people’s worry that gaming can have a detrimental effect on our vision. Studies, however, have shown that gaming can actually have the opposite effect! Playing action games can actually improve your ability to track multiple objects at the same time and pay attention to fast moving actions and series of events. Who’d have thought it?


About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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