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Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Want To Get Fit? Swap Your Gym Card For A Games Console!

I think we all already realised that new consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, might actually get rid of a few pounds but now we have the proof. Some very smart Scousers over at Liverpool John Moores University have proved that by using consoles such as the Nintendo Wii regularly, you could lose around 12 and a half kilo's a year!

Why run this survey? Well, how many times have we heard that computer games are bad for children and they all should be outside getting some real exercise? Well this is exactly why these tests have been made, to establish whether computer games can contribute to the daily activity recommendations for children. And yes, computer games can contribute to the daily activity recommendations for kids, as long as they are played on a Nintendo Wii.

The study measure the impact on 5 girls and 7 boys aged between 13 and 15, of playing an active and an inactive console. After playing for 15 minutes using a traditional joypad operated console, energy expenditure increased above resting values by an average of 60%. When using a Wii console however, it increased by an amazing 156%

So kids, the next time your Grandmother tells you that you shouldn't be playing "that thing" and you should be outside breaking bones and cracking skulls, you tell her i said you can play it and it is perfectly healthy! This just adds to my previous argument on why you don't have to leave the house if you own a Nintendo Wii. Are there any limits to the Wii's capabilities? Will the Wii take over the world? Should the Nintendo Wii be made Prime Minister? It seems to have found a way to stop our country's obesity problem, maybe it can sort out the NHS as well!

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