Benefits of Learning and Playing Chess

If you don’t know, there are actually many regular chess meet-ups around Singapore. At first, many people think that chess is just for intellectuals because of how much you use your brain in each game. But really, it’s for everyone! There are so many amazing benefits we can get from learning and playing chess! Here are only some of them.

Gives a boost in memory

When it comes to chess, not only are their many rules to remember, but there are also many complex strategies you can memorize to gain more advantages. By using your memory of that information, you can recognize what your opponent is going for and devise strategies on the spot. You’re also exercising your memory in the middle of the game because you’ll have to remember your opponent’s moves all throughout.

It can protect you from Alzheimer’s

By playing chess regularly, you give your brain the exercise it needs to stay healthy and prevent certain neurological diseases. As we get older, it’s almost inevitable that we’ll slowly have cognitive decline. But constantly giving your brain a workout will significantly delay its effects. There have also been many studies showing that those who do brain exercises like chess are less likely to have dementia as they age. 

Helps improve your problem-solving skills

More than anything, chess is all about training your analytical and problem-solving skills. The list of moves you can do is practically endless because the game is constantly changing depending on the choices you and your opponent make. Not only that, you’ll have to make decisions fast and think on your feet as well. This is an important skill to develop since we don’t only face problems in-game but also in life as a whole.

It also sparks creativity

In connection to the point above, you’ll need creativity to overcome problems just as well. If you get cornered by your opponent, you’ll have to start experimenting in your mind and use your creativity to look ahead. So even when you make sacrifices, you can make better plays later on since you’ve already painted the bigger picture in your imagination.

Helps boost focus and concentration

Given all the thinking you’ll have to do, playing chess will definitely teach you to stay focused. Total concentration is just a big demand of the game. Lose your focus once and it’s almost always guaranteed that your mistakes will be magnified. Of course, improved focus will also help you in many different aspects of life!

Might help lose weight

This might come as a surprise but playing a serious game of chess can actually help you burn a lot of calories. This is largely because of the stress and mental focus that players dedicate to each game. Many recent studies have found that one game between chess grandmasters will have them burn about 200-400 calories. So playing in a major tournament up to the finals will have one burn up to about 6000 calories!

Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Play Team Sports

Basketball, football, and cricket are only some of the popular team sports in Singapore. At some point, your child will ask you about these sports and maybe even say that they’re interested in one. They might start playing basketball at school or maybe they know friends who play soccer.

If this is the case, allow them to do so and encourage them! You never know, they might be the next big star of the sport! But aside from that, there are really many great reasons to let your child play team sports. Here are only some of them. 

They’ll have other mentors and role models

Just like how teachers become the child’s “second parents”, coaches can also be great mentors and role models. Kids need to learn from other grown-ups outside of their homes. This is particularly beneficial because they’re opened up to many different perspectives about life as they grow up.

The coach acts as a leader, teacher, disciplinarian, and an overall foundation. He can teach your child about hard work, determination, the importance of working with others, and many more.

Team sports encourage cooperation

We all know that humans always thrive when they are in groups. Our ancestors hunted as packs and fought as groups. We can confidently say that cooperation is a natural part of human life.

Playing in team sports, of course, highlights the importance of working together with others. The goal of winning is something everybody strives for. Hence, children are taught to cooperate with their fellow teammates in order to achieve those goals.

It can teach them about status

One of the more important advantages of playing in team sports is that it checks one’s status. When you’re on a team, you’ll know soon enough if you’ll have a main role or become a substitute player. This can be a big test for your child. If he becomes a substitute, he might be discouraged.

Even so, he will learn that he can have fun even without being the team’s best player. Then, that will encourage him to work even harder to actually get a spot as a starter. Of course, learning about status at an early age will help them manage their life and career as they grow older.

It can make your child competitive

Usually, there are two factors that will motivate someone playing for a team. One is the desire to be the best player and the other is to beat other teams. Playing a team sport puts your child in a constantly competitive environment.

Most of the time, you’ll see these affect other aspects of their life positively as well. The competitiveness they get in the sport will also move to their education, and then their careers sooner or later.

Tips for Choosing the Right Sports Shoes  

 

When we look for any type of shoe, we only consider its aesthetic beauty. Just because they are beautiful doesn’t mean they are great for our feet. We have to know that shoes these days have many features that seek to give more than aesthetic face value.

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Shoes these days are concentrated on improving performance. If at this point in time we are looking for the right sports shoes, we have to consider different tips. The tips include:

  • Know the best time: We have to know that there is the best time to buy sports shoes. We just do not buy it anytime of the day. If we want it to be right, we have to buy shoes at the end of the day. We will notice that are feet are swollen at the end of the day and this will represent how our sports shoes will fit us during and after our work out.

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  • Look for shoes with arch support: If we are flat footed, we should look for shoes that have arch support. The arch support is in the form of hump. The arch will support our feet. We have to remember that a shoes with good support can make a difference.
  • Observe mileage: If we need to wear flat shoes at the end of the day, there is no need to increase our mileage excessively. We have to at least slowly build up our workout for several weeks to allow our body to adjust.

The tips were given by Dr David Su, formerly the Singapore General Hospital Medical Director for Food and Ankle Surgery. Now, he is affiliated at The Orthopaedic Centre.

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