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Get a Heart Healthy Workout with Video Games

August 26, 2010

It may seem like playing video games would be the opposite of being physically active and heart-healthy, but it doesn’t have to be—not with the Nintendo Wii. The American Heart Association has joined together with Nintendo to show people that “active-play video games can be integrated into people's daily routines, whether they play on their own or together with family and friends.”

Wii heart healthy exerciseThe research company Synovate found in a May 2010 survey that lack of time and lack of fun are commonly cited as barriers to regular physical activity. It’s true, focusing constant energy on the routine maintenance of your heart, like any machine, can become pretty tedious. But nearly 70 percent of Americans don't get the recommended level of exercise each week for optimum health.

So who better to marry fun and fitness than the partnership of Nintendo and the American Heart Association? In a recent American Heart Association survey, nearly 70 percent of respondents consider active-play video games such as Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort as physical activity. Score!

Visit Activeplaynow.com to find out how you can get informed, get empowered and get active!  Here are some ways active play games can make a difference in your family:

  • Encourage family bonding and fitness at once by getting everyone in the household – kids and adults – to enjoy active-play video games together.
  • Turn social events into active-play video game nights and get your friends on their feet and moving while having a blast.
  • Enjoy seasonal sports year-round with an active-play video game tournament in your living room with friends, family, neighbors.

Using these bits of fun to supplement the in-season sports will give you a chance to enjoy what nature has to offer and what technology can do, alternating them for maximum fun and variety!