An escape room is an immersive, real-time, team-based, adventure-filled game where adults and children alike manipulate their themed environments to solve puzzles and decipher clues to escape the room. In the past, many people were glued to their television screens as a pastime. This had a profound adverse effect on the general public because they rarely had stimulated mental and cognitive processes. Escape rooms, on the contrary, have provided engulfing thrills to the participants and have resulted in increased health benefits.
How Are Escape Rooms and Health Connected?
Escape rooms in Singapore have had several benefits on its participants over time according to recent studies. Firstly, escape rooms have helped in stress relief. It’s ironic that escape rooms induce stress but also can relieve it. The games players play usually involve a psychological aspect of the “beat the clock scenario”. The themed games provide a means of redirecting stress from the individuals. The game achieves this by shifting the stress into the puzzles and clues, and on the fulfilment of these tasks, the brain releases dopamine that acts as a reward and gratification system. This dopamine offers benefits such as improved memory, motivation, and heightened concentration and social skills.
Secondly, escape rooms have also assisted in stimulating the senses. The atmosphere in an escape room heightens most of the participants’ imaginations. These senses include smell, vision, hearing, and touch. The game has been psychologically designed to induce a sudden urge to survive that activates all these senses. Escape rooms improve not only insights but also spatial awareness. This is also known as hand-eye coordination. This is made possible as escape rooms bring the physical nature of the puzzles in a tactile manner and require direct manipulation and or interaction.
Thirdly, escape rooms provide a certain amount of physical exercise. According to the American Heart Association, everyone should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Judging by the demanding nature of jobs these days it has proven harder to achieve that as people seldom have time to dedicate exercise to.
Escape rooms, however, provide double that because it’s a one-hour experience at minimum. In addition to endurance, the games offer basic motor skills that include activities such as walking, jumping and running. These activities count as exercise and can lower risks of blood pressure, cholesterol and minimise strokes.
Finally, escape rooms help exercise our mental and cognitive processes. This is attributed to the fact that the games are designed to give the participants an alternative reality. The challenges presented are specifically suited to the theme and requires intensive critical thinking and problem-solving skills to conquer the tasks. These puzzles go a long way in boosting memory retention through interacting with the contraptions and in scenarios where remembering certain clues or hints is required.
These health benefits are just a few of the endless possibilities that these escape rooms provide. Whether its social health, physical health or mental health, an escape room offers a hub to improve all of these concerns. Owing to their growing popularity, many have tried it, and it has brought them joy and health benefits as a bonus.