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Interactive video games really are good for you

Written by Tiffany Wallace, CitiHealth

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!

Source: blogs.consumerreports.org

Article Reviewed: July 11, 2012
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