Did You Know?: Video Games That Get Kids Moving
Video games that involve moving around, like games on the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s new Kinect, are lots of fun to play. But did you know that they can also help kids stay in shape?
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Massachusetts had 39 middle-school kids play a variety of exergames, including a boxing game and one involving chasing a cartoon Jackie Chan around the streets of Hong Kong.
And they found that playing the games increased the amount of calories the kids burned by as much as 800%, compared to when they were inactive. Burning calories at that rate is about the same as walking on a treadmill at a speed of 3 miles per hour.
The researchers say that the study is encouraging especially for overweight kids who may not normally like to run around or play sports. Playing active video games could be an alternative way for those kids work up a sweat and burn off some extra calories.
And now you know.
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