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Exergaming Works as an Alternative Exerciser for Kids

The latest report published in the The Journal of Pediatrics came up with the new study that Exergaming (an active video gaming) may proffer an alternative exercise to prevent inactive behavior in kids.

The levels of Physical inactivity and obesity in children are significantly high these days.  About 28 % of school aged girls and less than 50 % of boys are reaching the minimum level of workouts that are required to keep up proper health.

The active console in the video games acts as exergaming as it tracks the movement of player to play the game. For instance Wii, Xbox-Kinect.  The recent report aimed to notice the effects of active video gaming in kids.

A team of researchers from the Swansea University, Western Australia University and from The University of Liverpool John Moores headed by Dr. Louise Naylor who surveyed 15 kids ranging in age from nine to eleven years. Each kid took part in the following game for 15 minutes.

  • Graded exercise check (treadmill)
  • Low intensity active video gaming (Ten Pin Bowing – Kinetct Sports)
  • High intensity exergaming (200m hurdles- Kinect Sports)

The researchers measured the vascular responses and energy expenditure to every activity by making use of flow-mediated dilation (FMD) – an authorized controlling of health and vascular function in kids.

They discovered that high intensity exergaming triggered an energy outflow equal to modest intensity workout, while low intensity active video gaming was similar to low intensity workout.

Moreover, the low intensity exergaming program did not influence much on FMD; however, the high intensity exergaming had greatly reduced FMD. This has pointed out the latter and its ability to improve the vascular health among kids.

Not only this, they also revealed that high intensity exergaming improved the heart rate and also increased the energy burned. Participants observed same fun with both the intensities of exergaming, which suggested that children may probably like to keep in playing the games with high intensities.

The former research published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine stated that kids who are more into playing active video games tend to burn over four to five times as many calories as when they play inactive games.  They even pointed out that such game increases the heart rates significantly.

On this, Dr. Naylor added up, “For gaining long term and maintained health benefits, higher intensity exergaming can be a great way of exercise for kids.” the results of the latest researches support the rising idea that higher intensity activity is favorable for the health of children.  This may also be alleged as a way to push your kids towards become impelling and healthy.

However, the study published in the Pediatrics came up with an opposite thought, suggesting that the physical activity levels in kids remained unaffected by exergaming. Although this might seem like kids are receiving more workouts, but they do not reach a physical exercise level greater that those who were indulged in interactive video gaming.