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When You Can Relieve Stress, You Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

In what may seem to be a constant struggle to improve health, thinking outside the box can often provide better solutions than following the old standards.  The point is that exercise is great and valuable.  Diet is equally critical to the health of almost everyone.  They should both be considered as a main part of any good health plan.  For many people, there are other things that are overlooked as just not being all that important.  Well-rounded people don't simply limit themselves to those few things.  Other outlets can prove equally important to good health.  Playing games can address other things vitally important to each person.  The age-old game of dominoes is one that is simple, can be played relatively fast, and can also last as long as someone desires to play.

It May Help Develop Strategy Skills

Whether people write a paper for English class, try to attack a problem, or interview for a job, they will need some kind of strategy in order to achieve the greatest level of success.  When people appear to be beaten in a game of dominoes, they will have to develop and execute some kind of strategy in order to turn the game around in their favor.  Playing dominoes can be a good challenge that may help them learn to analyze the game playing area with the tiles and make a good decision.  It can actually carry over into other areas.

It May Boost the Immune System

There is no doubt that many things are often said to boost the immune system.  How can playing a game possibly do that?  Playing a game that can make people feel good is a plus for the immune system.  When people enjoy playing, and look forward to playing, they may feel better overall when they play.  It is well-known that people who have a negative outlook on life tend to be sick more often.  Conversely those who feel good may tend to stay healthier.  In this regard, if people have a good experience playing this game, it can boost their immune system.

It May Be a Good Stress Reliever

Work, school, family, and lots of other things can create stress in our lives.  When we enjoy and look forward to something, once we begin doing it, we can feel that relief.  If you play dominoes and like the game, you are more likely to play it with some enthusiasm and still have a good feeling about those you are playing with.  We often play games as a family.  I always enjoy doing so.  It can be very relaxing and do a great job of relieving stress.  The only problem is that we become so engrossed in the game that we have been known to play well into the night without ever realizing the time.  Then again, that is not so bad either.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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