On days when the children are caught inside there is often a problem with cabin fever! It’s important for the children to still keep moving even if they’re inside.
As you know, activities such as TV watching and video-game playing that don’t require much physical movement are considered sedentary activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children watch no more than 2 hours of TV per day– and this time should be devoted to quality, educational programming. Studies have shown that TV watching can be linked to “absent-minded” eating and low physical activity.
But for those children who love video games or on rainy, snowy days, there are ways to help children stay active. After all, we want them to stay in shape and ready for their classes! Try games that get the children up and moving such as Dance, Dance Revolution and Red Octane’s In the Groove– games that are now being used as a source of fitness in gym classes and as part of “the war on obesity.” Studies are beginning to show that they “make a very positive contribution to players’ stress management, weight management, fitness and health.”
In Dance Dance Revolution, players step on a pad in time with the arrows that are presented on the screen. Here’s an example of what this game looks like:
Another video game that encourage fitness is “Wii Sports” which features 6 sports that exercise both stamina and hand-eye coordination as well as skill level. Wii players use a remote tennis racket, bowling ball, bat and ball, golf clubs, or boxing gloves depending on what sport they’re playing. Here’s an example of what this game looks like:
Although this type of active video-gaming might not be a substitute for actual exercise, it may help children to expend some energy and keep them from climbing the walls or getting on each other’s nerves while shut in the house.
That’s one way to stay active indoors!
Have a POWerful Weekend-
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