It’s official; video games are good for your health

>So say the latest studies presented at the recent 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). One of the studies examined energy expenditure for active video games compared to sedentary games to see just how much more exercise children receive when playing systems like the Wii. Gregory Brown, Ph.D, a Fellow of the ACSM, and his study team found that Wii Boxing, Wii Tennis, and Dance Dance Revolution burned two to three times as many calories as traditional hand-held games. Brown’s study participants included 17 children around 11 years old.

‘I would still recommend that kids get outdoors and play sports or dance with friends in the real world as opposed to a virtual one,’ Brown said. ‘But if you’re going to play video games, you might as well play ones that get you active and moving.’

Play outdoors. Now that’s an interesting concept!

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