Video Games aren’t a Substitute for Regular, Physical Activity

From IDEA Fitness Journal June 2012 Issue – “Active Video Games – Not as Beneficial as Previously Thought”

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Hong Kong conducted a 13-week study including 78 kids (boys and girls, varying ethnic backgrounds, aged 9-12) to measure differences in activity between kids playing with active video games (requiring movement) and those playing with inactive video games (no movement required). Researchers found no measurable differences in overall activity levels between the two groups, and proposed – among other things – that the kids who played with active games might be subsequently less active throughout the rest of the day.

The findings of this study proclaim that video games alone do not provide a public health benefit for children. I’m wondering…is there anyone who thinks that just playing active video games is enough? Personally, given a choice between an active video game and an inactive one, I prefer to keep my kid active. Of course, video games should not be a substitute for daily physical activity, but when incorporated in addition to regular exercise, they certainly can’t hurt.

Read more at IDEA Fitness Journal, or check out the original study in Pediatrics (March 1, 2012; 129 [3], 636-42).

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