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Playing on the Wii 'can keep kids fit'


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/11/2009. Playing on the Wii 'can keep kids fit'Tags: Parenting Kids Health

Using a Nintendo Wii games console to exercise can be a great way to tackle childhood obesity and keep fit, it has been suggested.

Research carried out by the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo revealed that doing certain activities on the Wii can burn as many calories as taking a bike ride or going for a run.

The study found that the Wii sport boxing game is the most physically demanding and that golf is the least.

Dr Motohiko Miyachi, the study's lead author, commented: "The range of energy expenditure in these active games is sufficient to prevent or to improve obesity and lifestyle-related diseases from heart disease to diabetes."

He added that using the console could help to prevent cardiovascular conditions from developing.

Speaking earlier this month, Rich Leigh, weight loss expert and founder of FatFreeFitness, said it is important to find the balance between what is healthy for children and what is not.

He urged parents to remind their kids about the benefits of exercise.

Written by Fiona Mayers

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