'Active' Video Games May Not Boost Your Kid's Fitness After All

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
'Active' Video Games May Not Boost Your Kid's Fitness After All
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 3:19pm

"Apparently there's no guarantee that your kids will mend their couch-potato ways if you give them a fitness video game.

A new study found no differences in physical activity over a three-month period between a group of children given "active" video games that simulated boxing and dancing, for example, and a group given "non-active" video games.

Fitness video games had been tested in laboratory settings, according to the study published online Feb. 27 in the journal

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Interesting! Yeah, I'll agree with you. I've never thought as our Wii as an alternative to good old exercise. Like you said, it is still a video game and I don't see much physical benefit from it.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought this. :)

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Registered: 09-30-2011

We didn't expect our Wii and Kinect to increase my boy's overall fitness level but we did buy them, thinking and hoping that it would at least be a little better for them than the normal, "sit on the couch and press buttons" variety of games. Neither one of my boys are athletically inclined (sigh) so I try to eek out any kind of physical activity I can get out of them, lol.

Lisa