I need to get our DDR out again. No one's used it in a while, and I think the little kids will at least get a good laugh at Mommy trying it. LOL I know my 13 year old would dance circles around me, but so what. Ha ha!
We got DDR this past weekend- We LOVE it!! Another surprising workout is on the Wii Sports game- There is an option to train- My sis tells me if you do the dodge training for boxing, it gives your back quite the workout. And I know we can get pretty winded doing some of the other ones as well... We just bought a baseball game for the Wii too, but I am not sure how active it will be.
What we need are video games that get kids moving and fight the couch potato effect. I play Dance Dance Revolution (also known as DDR). It's a fun and addictive dancing video game. There is a mat (about a meter square) with large arrows on it. You step on the arrows in time to the music according to the patterns you see on the screen. Every person that has been brave enough to try the game at my house has loved it.
If I'm babysitting my neice and nephew I'll bring my game along. They have fun, get exercise, and it makes bedtime so much easier.
There are other dance games too, like Stepmania, Dance Praise (with Christian music) and In The Groove.
Many schools are now adding dance video games to their PE options.
If you have a child who needs a bit more exercise, perhaps try the carrot before the stick. I hated exercise as a kid because it was a chore that I had to do, not something fun that was part of life. Walking around the block or doing an exercise video with my mom was a requirement (though, with a bit of enthusiasm and creativity, it likely could have been fun.) I used DDR to help build my exercise habit, because it's so fun I wanted to play, and I made time in my life for it.
Exercise needs to be fun for it to become a long term habit.
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