Anyone that has ever taken on an escape room will tell how much fun the experience was and how the puzzles forced everyone on their team to work together to complete each challenge and ultimately escape. Even those that ran out of time and teams didn’t successfully escape will stall attest to the comradery between team members and the overall excitement of the adventure. What many people don’t realize and won’t share are the surprising health benefits associated with participating in escape rooms.
Here are the top 5 health benefits gained from participating in an escape room.
1. Physical Activity
We are not saying that you should compare an escape room to a triathlon, but escape rooms provide low to moderate exercise for the better part of an hour. If you are fully immersed in the challenge you should be zipping around the room, looking high and low and even perhaps ducking under and climbing over objects. All this movement will keep your heart rate elevated for a prolonged length of time.
2. Stress Relief
We all know that being overly stressed is not good for your health. If you have never participated in an escape room, you may think that having to complete a bunch of challenges to escape a fictional reality in a limited time span would add some stress to your life. Actually, it’s the exact opposite, studies have found that you are able to release your real-life stresses when you are occupied with something that requires your full attention. Considering escape rooms tend to absorb you into their story, you will be able to leave your stress behind as you take on the challenges of the room.
3. Improved Memory
Escape rooms are all about solving puzzles, figuring out solutions, and taking any challenge head on. To be successful, you need to be observant. You never know when you may be asked to recall a pattern that was painted on a wall, or enter the numbers highlighted in a book to unlock a key or gain entrance to another area. Escape rooms force you to focus in on every little detail and this stimulates your brain. As you continue to take in information at a continuous rate, you begin to increase your memory capacity, the same way lifting weights will help build muscle.
4. Having Fun
Being able to laugh and have a good time with friends adds to a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of socializing are well documented, they include enhanced confidence, improved mental health, a boosted immune system, and helps keep your brain healthy. While solving puzzles and taking on the challenges in escape rooms, your body releases hormones such as dopamine and adrenaline. Dopamine is known as the happy hormone, because it makes you feel good and adrenaline is known to give you an extra jolt of energy. Having a good time with your friends, is good for your health.
5. Improved Motor Skills
You can take on all sorts of obstacles while completing an escape room, you will need to rely on your hand-eye coordination, balance, stamina, night vision, judging distances, jumping, ducking, perhaps even crawling and running. As you fine tune each of these skills you improve on them. Utilizing these skills over and over again in various escape room scenarios can help you build on your motor skills.
No matter if you made it out or simply ran out of time, chances are once you are out of the escape room you are talking about the experience, a challenge or a specific puzzle with your friends and coworkers. Even though the benefits of the experience are not top of mind, it’s always nice to know you did some good for yourself.
Grab a few friends and co-workers and immerse yourselves in a real-life, interactive escape room while taking advantage of some of the benefits mentioned above. Make your reservation here to enjoy one Escape From The 6’s multiple game rooms, each themed with different stories and puzzles.