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Mind your Mind... and WIN!

11
Jul
2012
 

By Jessie

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.

Mind Your Mind 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?

Benefits of becoming a Premium Member:

1. No Pre-Game ads!
2. Unlimited access to game archives!
3. Receive 4 x free Lovatts puzzle books of your choice!
4. Win cash weekly in prize draws!

UPGRADE TODAY!


BONUS! As a special spontaneous Jessie offer every YP member who signs up as a Premium member or renews their current subscription by midday 18th July (ADST) will go into the draw to WIN a YouPlay Prize Pack (worth about 60 bucks).  Winner will be announced on next week’s blog…

Good luck – and happy brain training!

Jessie x

28 Responses to

Mind your Mind... and WIN!

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said:
July 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

hi jess and thanks i love doing all the puzzles and it does get the old brain going .my mum had dementia as did dad so keeping the brain working is really important along with walking and doing something new every day

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maggaz said:
July 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Hi Jess, my day is not complete unless I have done all my crosswords, word puzzles and brain teasers, plus of course all the trivia questions. Many thanks for keeping the grey matter going.

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msredd12 said:
July 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

go add me ass a friend noonee i need 2 tell u smethin maggaz go add meh ass a frinn i need to ask u smething iys importantt

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July 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Totally agree with you all...always make sure I do my crosswords and word puzzles before I go to bed each night hopefully this keeps my mind functioning! Also enjoy keeping up with the comments.

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July 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

My subscription automatically renews each Feb.....can I have an entry? I love youplay. Its a great place to help my brain wriggle a bit especially in cryptics. Based on that list of activities I should do well at keeping dementia at bay. For all the friend requesters, read info about youplay and how the site works. We are all friends already on YP.

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July 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

can i have an entry to jess thanks ok off to play

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July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Um - Jess? What about those of us who have already signed up as Premium members? I renewed my Premium membership for the fourth time in February this year. Loyalty counts, eh?

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said:
July 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

im sure jess will fix it beauregarde

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July 13, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Ditto, 6 years as Premium soon

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said:
July 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Maybe you could have coloured stars like on ebay. Or maybe not. Solving each puzzle is reward enough for me- a gentle buzz that uplifts my day. Now if I could get coloured stars for housework...

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July 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Lol Jafa...I reward myself with YP puzzle time for tasks done or some other enjoyable activity.

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pdiaco said:
July 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I reckon hidden stress resulting from cataclysmic events is the number one cause of Alzheimer's. I think doing particular types of puzzles mitigates or counteracts this stress so brain deterioration is arrested. My mother had it, and I'm aware of the tragic events in her life that undoubtedly led to it.

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July 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I agree that the brain wearies of too much stress and games are soothing and therapeutic. Pdiaco, what on earth happened to your mother??? You've mentioned her a few times.

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mommyscat said:
July 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I agree that playing the games sharpens the mind, as an addoku addict I have found that as time goes on even the extreme level of the game gets easier. I never had a problem with the simple maths of addition but I have noticed that I am quicker at them in the real world as well. PS if you are going to do something for the premium members, count me in.

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mommyscat said:
July 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I agree that playing the games sharpens the mind, as an addoku addict I have found that as time goes on even the extreme level of the game gets easier. I never had a problem with the simple maths of addition but I have noticed that I am quicker at them in the real world as well. PS if you are going to do something for the premium members, count me in.

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nan_j said:
July 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I agree what about the ones who have already signed up ... don't we count?

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granma01 said:
July 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I love to visit You Play every day. My Mum also had dementia and it has made me very aware of keeping my brain active. Love doing all the puzzles and crosswords. Keep up the great work**** I think it would br great to receive a booklet when membership is renewed.

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July 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

[snap] what was that? Just the sound of my arm being twisted! Consider it done my lovelies! I shall draw TWO prizes on Wednesday - one for all NEW Premium sign-ups (since the blog was posted) and a second draw for all existing subscribers. x

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July 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Woo Hoo! thanks Jessie! x

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said:
July 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM

thanks jess you are a darling

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nan_j said:
July 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

xox jess lol

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mommyscat said:
July 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Thanks Jessie

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July 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thanks, Jessie - that's a great idea. It's good to be a part of the YouPlay family, and to be rewarded for it. You're the best!

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clover5 said:
July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

If only we all have enough time to be about right stuff let alone the money and usage space to table to enjoy doing the games and take time to work out how to play the games especially really hard on my mobile.

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clover5 said:
July 24, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Correction should be write but at the same time I am right in what I said. We novices are missing out a lot. But again congress to all of us ... WE ARE ALL WINNERS!!!

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clover5 said:
July 24, 2012 at 7:05 AM

I can"t upgrade I don't nor ever never owned a credit card why can't you allow payment by billpay as well as money orders as extra options to upgrade to Premium status. You'll find you'll have heaps being able to join and spoil in the delights of youplay.

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clover5 said:
July 24, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Congrats to all us and our mind blowing attempts and surviving and getting the points, we all need a bit of advice every now and then and then there is also time to sleep. Night Night!!

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said:
July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

clover5, you should get a debit 'credit card'. I hate 'credit' cards, I totally have no will power. Debit cards are so-o handy, without the credit trap!!! It's really easy, ask your bank. Keep that account just for internet and you're totally safe!!!