Reading for Good Health

Reading is more than just a workout for your imagination, it can actually be a key factor in your overall well-being.  Here are a few reasons why picking up a book is good for your health. 

  • Reading is exercise for your brain.  “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research of Haskins Laboratories.
  • Reading can encourage you to work out more often and for longer.  Sticking a great book on the treadmill can help capture your imagination and pass the time more quickly, helping you get a better workout.
  • Reading keeps your brain young.  According to a study from Rush University Medical Center, adults who read in their leisure time have a 32% slower rate of cognitive decline later in life than those who do not.
  • Reading can help you maintain your weight.  Stress releases hormones in your body like cortisol which is linked to weight gain.  According to a British study, reading daily can decrease your stress level (and those nasty hormones) by up to 67%.

Need more reasons to start reading besides reading for good health?  Reading gives you a reason to visit a Page in the Sun where you can not only enjoy the largest selection of English language books in Puerto Vallarta, Spanish language books and magazines and live music, but also our delicious café and coffee menu.

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