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Brain Games are Good Games
Posted By Ian Cunningham On January 27, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Personal Health | Comments Disabled
We’ve all heard the lingo used to describe brain as brawn: flex, workout, mental gymnastics and the like. But doing a bunch of good, old, hard thinking can be great for what is actually going on inside your head. We’re not saying you have to do astrophysics or argue over Nitchze in your spare time (though those can be fun), but we do have a series of brain training games  that can put your head-space through its paces. Plus, if people think you’re wasting time, just say it is for good health. No one says joggers are procrastinating, why should brain games be any different?
But seriously, there has been a good amount of talk recently on the relationship between Alzheimer’s and exercising your brain, and a recent study suggests  that lifelong mental engagement prohibits the formation of a certain type of plaque that forms on the brain. In general, being mentally active is always a plus. But this suggests positive outcomes for personal health over the long term.
Photo credit: Cloois  on Flickr
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URLs in this post:
 brain training games: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/brain_games/
 recent study suggests: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-alzheimers-protein-idUSTRE80N1EU20120124
 brain-training programs: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-12-2011/brain-games.html
 improving your memory: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-12-2011/how-to-improve-memory.html
 Cloois: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloois/86999278/
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