If you’ve been part of the Lovatts/YouPlay puzzle family for oh, more than a couple of weeks, you’ll know that we’re constantly banging on about the impressive health benefits that can be achieved by regularly challenging your grey matter. The evidence that mentally stimulating activities (like solving puzzles) makes a real difference to your cognitive ability just keeps stacking up.
A couple of years ago, BBC television program Get Smarter in a Week found that a combination of techniques based on healthy eating, physical activity and stimulating your mind through solving puzzles and remembering lists makes people sharper, more confident and better at making decisions.
One hundred contestants adopted a weekly routine that incorporated daily activities including 30 minutes of exercise, talking to strangers, breaking habits (such as changing your route to work or brushing your teeth with your less dominant hand) and completing an hour of brain-training exercises like memorising your shopping list or solving puzzles. The results were astounding - with some participants reporting that their lives had been changed. Benefits included improved sleep patterns, better relationships and greater cognitive performance – in some cases, brain power was boosted by up to 40%!
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, based in New York, conducted a similar study in 2010. The study involved 488 people who were in their 70s and 80s. All were free from Alzheimer's at the start. Each participant filled out questionnaires about how often they participated in six leisure-time activities: reading books, magazines or newspapers, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, participating in group discussions and playing music. Five years later the study clearly demonstrated that the more of these activities the participants were involved in, the less likely they were to develop Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Publisher Christine Lovatt has been a public advocate for brain health for many years and maintains “research from around the world has shown beyond doubt that keeping our minds active and functioning is as important for our well-being as keeping our bodies fit through exercise and healthy eating.
And all the experts agree crosswords and similar puzzles are the ideal “mental exercise” to keep the old grey matter toned up – just like going to the gym keeps our muscles, hearts, lungs etc. in good shape.”
Of course if you’re regular visitor to YouPlay you’re well on the way to achieving your mental fitness goals. For those who aren’t already a Premium Member, have you ever thought about upgrading to a subscription?
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Good luck – and happy brain training!
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