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Active video games not ideal for exercise

Video game systems that require the user to move in order to play may seem like a solution for those who want a new way to exercise, but a recent report finds the so-called "exergaming" trend isn't the ideal way to be more active.

The report by Active Healthy Kids Canada found that while these games may break up sedentary time, they are not substitutes for true exercise or playing sports.

"The research shows the movement in active video games may get heart rates up briefly, but usually not enough to meaningfully contribute to the 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity children and youth require daily," said Active Healthy Kids Canada's Dr. Mark Tremblay. "Active video games also don't offer the fresh air, vitamin D, connection with nature and social interactions that come with outdoor active play."

While many kids may have received exergaming systems such as Wii and Xbox for holiday gifts, experts say more traditional presents are better for keeping kids moving.

Gifts such as new or used inline skates, ski equipment, balls and other sports equipment not only help recipients of all ages become more active, but they are also often requested and fun gift solutions for any occasion.
 

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