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When Did You Last Pick Up A Croquet Mallet?

By Tom Herrin

Sometime in everyone’s life, surely they play a game of croquet.  I played a lot as a child.  It was a favorite of ours when we went to the beach because the ball rolled well, and it was easy to put in the stakes.  Croquet can be a pretty good activity for the family as well as for couples.  Believe it or not, there are quite a few benefits from playing the game.  The fact that is it not too physically demanding is one that should be plenty of reason to include it.

Spending Time Outdoors Is A Good Starter

It has been proven that people experience better health when they spend time outdoors.  There is something psychologically beneficial about doing so.  The effect of green plants and natural light can help relieve stress and improve overall mood.  This can then strengthen relationships.  Getting mild exercise at the same time is another plus.  Walking around playing the game beats sitting and doing nothing.

It Can Sharpen Mental Abilities

Believe it or not, croquet does require some critical thinking.  There are angles to consider and a little strategy required to play.  The hand-eye coordination involved in playing can improve those abilities as well.  It can improve confidence as more success is experienced while striking the ball and making it go wherever desired.  Particularly for those of us who are getting older, anytime we can get some mental exercise, we will benefit.  The mental skills required are not so difficult that people will become frustrated, but enough so that better thinking can make a game more fun and fulfilling.

It Is A Good Social Game For All Ages

Whether someone is a pre-schooler or an octogenarian, they can still play the game.  It doesn’t matter the age difference between players either.  Strength is not a factor.  It can provide an opportunity for family fun or socializing with friends.  It can be played in broad daylight or by the  backyard light.  When playing with children, it can be a great way for them to learn how to win or lose gracefully, provided that the adults demonstrate good sportsmanship themselves.  If you are looking for a good activity to enjoy that doesn’t require much expense, space, or preparation, you might want to give croquet a try.  

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

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