Health Benefits of Interactive Video Games

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Playing interactive video games beats sitting on the couch, and now it appears there's research to back it up.

A new study finds kids who participate in video games that feature player movement can increase their energy levels moderately or even vigorously.

Researchers studied the effects of interactive video games on 39 children, whose average age was 11.

The kids were asked to play 6 different games including: soccer, boxing, and dance.

Then, they were asked to walk on a treadmill, set at 3
miles per hour, for an equal amount of time.

The result? the kids expended more energy on five of the six games than on the treadmill.

Researchers say the games are not the only answer for couch potato kids, but say they are an effective strategy to cut back on kids spending time sitting around.

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