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Active Video Games as PE?
What about “active” video games like Xbox or Wii? Isn't that enough?
Latest research shows children 8-10 years old spend over 5 hours a day involved in media (TV, computer, music devices, video games. Parents need to encourage more physical activity.
We need to be active with our children
We need to be role models for them
Active gaming systems use small movements, and children can cheat the system to minimize movements
Active gaming dance programs, but the training is mainly lower body movements, and there is no coordinating lower body with upper body movements, and the scope is limited.
There is a difference between being active and true physical education. Physical education trains the body at the neurological level to be skilled in body movements, more agile, and stronger. That's not the same thing as getting the heart pumping for 30 minutes.
We need to start young to be able to turn our children into functional adults. We need to teach them to use their bodies in efficient ways to avoid injury now as well as later in life. Without proper physical education there can be many kinds of avoidable injuries, not just in sports. Without effective physical education health problems start showing up in adult years, including compression in the neck, lower back, as well as problems in the hip, knee and ankle joints. Without core training, men and women both can experience problems in their lower core with organs falling down.