You know the routine. You upload a running playlist to your phone. You mix a protein shake. You pull on your gym shorts and your top. Finally, you step into your trainers. Then you plug in your Playstation, and binge on the latest video games release long into the night. What!? You may ask. You have forsaken the healthy option for the easy one? Not quite. Recently, the scientific consensus has begun to shift, suggesting that, in fact, gaming can be good for you, particularly for your brain and cognitive health.
Your spatial awareness can be improved by gaming, say the experts. Likewise, so can your planning abilities. As well as this, the evidence shows that working memory and long term recall can be improved and become more efficient as a result of video games. As if this is not enough, gaming has also been shown to help those who have recently been involved in an accident or a traumatic event. One study, for example, showed that those who played video games recovered more quickly from surgery and from traumatic events, which provides empirical evidence for the health benefits of gaming.
So, you don’t necessarily need to feel guilty if you skip the gym every now and again to have a game night, as long as it is every now and again. Gaming can, despite popular stereotypes, truly be good for you. Just keep at the cardio, for your heart health!
To find out more about the amazing health benefits of gaming, see the infographic below from our friends at Computer Planet.