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August 18, 2017 | Healthy You | Aging Well | Wellness

Book lovers, rejoice! Reading has health benefits

Did you know that scientific research says reading is good for your health?
 
True. It turns out the positive effects of reading can actually be measured in things like heart rate and muscle tension. Here are just a few ways reading helps your health. It can:
  • Reduce stress
  • Slow memory loss
  • Sharpen your mind

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In fact, according to experts, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. That little paperback on your nightstand? Consider it a quick jaunt around the block. Ready to stretch your mind a bit more? Crack open something a little heavier.
 
If reading is good for you as an adult, imagine what it can do for your kids and grandkids. Among other things, reading aloud to children helps them:
  • Learn language and about their world
  • Cope with stress
  • Bond with you and others

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While reading is beneficial, you'll want to be sure to:

  • Get physical. Reading is a "sit-down" type of activity, unless you're enjoying an audio-book, balance the time you spend reading with a workout or other physical activity.
  • Choose books or other reading materials that make you feel better. You don't have to read medical books to get health benefits from reading.  But pick something that can lighten your mood or give you a break from day-to-day challenges.
  • Opt for paper books over a screen-type e-reader, especially at night. E-books are convenient, but back-lit screens can disrupt or disturb sleep patterns. Test your experience and see what works best for you.