Want to keep your brain active and healthy? Try Sudoku!
Your brain is one of those things that can be “use it or lose it.” While it isn’t a muscle, you can actually train your brain to improve your memory, help you retain information, stave off things like Alzheimer’s and more.
And some people believe that an easy thing to do to achieve these things is to play a game called Sudoku.
If you aren’t familiar with Sudoku, it’s a number puzzle where one tries to fill a grid with numbers 1-9, with each number appearing only once in a row, column or box.
While there may not be definitive studies showing that Sudoku will keep your brain healthy, it can’t hurt to play it every now and then to keep your mind agile and engaged. How can it help? Read on to learn four ways Sudoku promotes brain health:
Sudoku makes you think – and think critically, and it can also help improve your concentration. Sudoku is a game that requires careful thought. You have to think about where you are going to be placing the numbers and if they are going to interfere with the numbers in other boxes and lines. As you learn to concentrate on winning the game you may also learn to better concentrate on other things.
Sudoku is a great game to help improve memory. Why? It’s because Sudoku normally works with a set of numbers that go in certain places. Once you learn where the numbers go and how to work them in it is a matter of remembering what you need to do in order to win.
A lot of online Sudoku daily puzzles are timed, which also helps. When you have to remember how to do something in a set amount of time it can help improve your memory. It works almost like a memory match game. Once you complete the puzzles over and over and over again, it becomes a cakewalk.
Because a lot of online Sudoku games are timed, your speed will gradually improve. Sometimes it will become a person’s goal to beat their last clocked time. Due to the fact that Sudoku improves memory function, you should be able to shave a few seconds off your time each time you complete a puzzle. This can improve the speed at which you think about things in everyday life.
Retaining knowledge is a very big part of learning and an even bigger part of learning quickly. The less you have to review the information before you retain the better it is for you.
Games like Sudoku can be very relaxing. Even if you are spending 10 minutes a day completing a puzzle that is 10 minutes you are not thinking about the mundane droll of your daily life. Taking a short break and keeping your brain active instead of shutting it down might help you relax and manage stress.
In short, while Sudoku isn’t a miracle cure, it is a fun and relaxing game that can help you keep your brain active and pass the time.
While the jury is still out on whether it will make you smarter, it will definitely keep you on your toes!
It’s also a fun and engaging hobby.
Gabe Nelson is a content specialist of over 7 years of experience, currently working with Arkadium.com. Just out of high school he set off crab fishing on the Bering sea in Alaska. From there he went back home to finish his college degree at the University of Montana. He has a passion and keen understanding when it comes to encouraging leaning inside and out. He has written hundreds of content pieces in numerous niches. Currently, he lives in Missouri with his wife and kids enjoying the peaceful town of St. Joseph.
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