By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
The other day, I ran across an article by Olympic Gold Medalist, Dominique Dawes, about using online games to teach kids to be more active. The reasoning is that if kids are already using technology for hours why not slip in a little exercise in the games and give them an alternative to sedentary gaming. Commenters disagreed to this fitness approach and said kids need to get outside and exercise in the real world, to get Vitamin D from the sun and do real carodiovascular fitness activities.
I’m divided on this issue. For one thing, if you and/or your kids ARE already execising outdoors or doing some regular cardio and strength training exercises, then why add a computer game? BUT, for those kids and maybe even the adults themselves, that are not active, but like to game, incorporating a fitness game into daily life can be a good way to get someone off the couch and into more fitness.
What do you think?