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Interactive video games really are good for you

Games that require physical activity can give you just as much of a workout as a treadmill

Written by Tiffany Wallace

Games that require physical activity such as Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move can give you just as much of a workout as if you were on a treadmill, a new study has found.

According to researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts, “exergaming” is a great form of exercise.

In the study, 39 boys and girls were tested by playing one of six active video games. Playing a game for 10 minutes (depending on the game) came to equal or exceed the workout one could gain during the same amount of time on a treadmill going 3 miles an hour.

Furthermore, kids who were overweight or at-risk for becoming overweight seemed to enjoy exergaming more than children who were at healthy weights.

So, don’t feel bad for playing video games. Just keep moving!


Article Reviewed: January 19, 2016
Copyright © 2015 Healthy Magazine

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