A new documentary from Asics called mind games supports the age-old claim that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Especially when it comes to the world of video games now.
Over the years I’ve covered many studies on video games, many of which show that there are cognitive benefits to playing video games and that many of the supposed social disadvantages don’t actually exist.
This new documentary takes a different perspective by showing that increasing the amount of exercise can also have positive cognitive effects, from faster problem solving to improved memory.
The documentary covers four people before and after they start exercising to show the effects of exercise on the brain. From chess players to gamblers, we can see their skills and abilities improve with more movement.
Narrated by Stephen Fry, it’s quite delightful to hear him cover events like EVO and have to talk about professionalism street fighter Player.
Aside from that amiability, it’s a solid documentary and supports previous research on the subject. So not only does playing video games improve your cognition, you can also improve your video game playing skills by getting more exercise.
This then raises the obvious question of playing switch sports will turn you into some kind of eSports genius in the long run.
One useful takeaway from the documentation, however, is that exercise only really helps when it’s done regularly and consistently. While that’s hardly a bad thing, it means you can’t get away with short, infrequent workouts if you want to reap the cognitive benefits.
mind games is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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