Thursday, October 4, 2012

Exergaming in Teens: A Trend on the Move

We are all well aware that exergaming, the use of physical movements while playing a videogame, has become more and more popular with children and adults over the past few years, but just how much is it really being used by young people? O’Loughlin et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0391) explore the exergame realm using a questionnaire mailed to more than 1,000 Montreal high school students. The results may surprise you, and suggest that use of these games might make more than a wee bit of difference for those who are concerned about their weight. What types of teens gravitate to exergaming is for you to learn by getting off the couch and reading this interesting study, maybe while on a treadmill or when you yourself are done exergaming.