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5 Ways to Make Video Games Better for Your Health

By Brandi Swieter 

Video games have long been said to be a signficiant problem for our children and teeangers. Too many kids spend their time playing video games and becoming immersed in the violent offerings they tend to have. Video games can actually be beneficial for health as long as people playing them use them in the right manner. At least five ways exist to make video games better for health overall.

Try Interactive Games

Instead of people sitting in front of their TVs and moving nothing but their hands while playing with a controller, individuals should instead opt for interactive games. These types of games, such as those available on the Wii or XBox Kinect, get people up and moving. They have to stay physical in order to play, which is a much better alternative to sitting in front of the screen without moving the body as well.

Play Learning Games

Plenty of learning games exist on video game systems. Tetris requires a person to focus on finding the best fit for the blocks. Other options may have people typing answers to questions, such as with Family Feud. Game players may also have to solve puzzles or come up with solutions. Learning games like these are ideal to play because they improve brain function and promote a healthier mind.

Compete With a Friend

Being social has a positive impact on health. Anyone looking to improve their health can start by competing on a video game with a friend. By doing so, they get to improve their social skills and interact with another person. This is ideal for mood as well, which also has a strong impact on health.

Practice Good Posture

No matter what game a person plays, they can make it better for their health simply by practicing good posture. Many people tend to slouch as they sit and play their games. Remaining upright and playing with good posture will ensure the body stays in ideal shape and does not become pained and overworked.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule for Vision

Another negative aspect video games can have on health is the impact on vision. Staring at a screen for hours on end can be extremely harsh on the eyes, resulting in poor eyesight and faster deterioration of overall eye health. Following the 20-20-20 vision rule is best for those who want to keep their eye health intact. This requires a person to stop every 20 minutes of playing and take 20 seconds to stare at something else at least 20 feet away. Doing this helps to give the eyes a break and protect their health.

Anyone hoping to improve health can start with their video games. Spending hours upon hours playing won't do much good for a healthy lifestyle, but playing safely for a short time can have a strong impact. Visit The Joint Chiropractic if time spent playing results in tech neck-related pain due to looking at the screen too long.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Meridian, Idaho.

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