Active Games are Good for Kids

Posted by on March 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

This is pretty interesting and cool. Studies were done at Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts where they test 39 boys and girls playing active video games or “exergames” for 10 minutes and found that the 10 minutes was the same amount of exercise as a 3 mile walk on a treadmill. 

Games that require players to physically move and interact, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii’s Boxing, can lead to “a high level of energy expenditure,” according to a study released online today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Researchers at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City and the University of Massachusetts in Boston tested six active video games with 39 boys and girls.

Playing these so-called “exergames” for 10 minutes produced a workout that, depending on the game, nearly equaled or greatly exceeded that produced by spending an equal amount of time walking three miles an hour on a treadmill. What’s more, overweight kids and those at-risk of becoming overweight enjoyed exergaming more than children who weren’t overweight.

[via Consumerist and Consumer Reports]

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  • Johnny

    I can believe it. After a few rounds with Kinect Sports, I’m ready for a bottle of Gatorade, a shower and a massage.

    Mostly the massage.