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Gamers Can Improve Health With the Right Games

By Tom Herrin

For many people today the thought of playing games that are not athletic in nature reminds them of video games, or something else that is somehow related to a newer technical device.  That is not always the case.  Some of the old familiar games that many picture as having been played years ago are still popular and can serve useful purposes in building better health.  One of those games is dominoes.  While many likely think of it for its unique pieces, it can be much more -- and playing it can provide some great things.

It May Improve Critical Thinking Skills

People often become creatures of habit when it comes to their daily activities.  While they may use mental skills, they may not tax their abilities much.  Playing dominoes can require developing and using strategy on the go.  They must be able to analyze the layout and make decisions as to what move would be the greatest benefit to them.  This game that is often slow can initiate faster thinking.  Making those decisions as another player makes their move can help develop better skills.

It May Help Reduce Stress

Most people need something to allow them to unwind and relax.  Sometimes this is some kind of exercise, sometimes it is some other activity.  Playing dominoes can provide a good way for people to have that time to do that.  Shifting gears to a game such as this can mean that people are able to put aside their problems and worries of the day and turn their thoughts to something completely different.  Spending time concentrating on playing the game can change that focus.  This is always a key to reducing stress for most people.

It May Improve Memory

When I play games with my children or grandchildren, I am amazed at how good their memories are.  Whether it is remembering where matching cards are or what the last move was, they generally beat me.  Playing dominoes can help to improve memory as well.  Anytime people use their minds to do things such as playing games, they exercise it in much the way they do with their bodies by doing physical activities.  Dominoes is also a game that can be played by all ages.  It can be a great way for children and adults to interact and build better relationships.  Most kids enjoy creating their own games with the pieces as well -- and everyone likes to line them up and knock them over.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.

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