Study: Some video games can keep children fit

March 7, 2011 2:30:44 PM PST
Video games that get children up and moving have been touted as effective alternatives to traditional exercise. A small study seems to back that up.

Thirty-nine boys and girls about 11 1/2 years old took part in the research. Results show the so-called "exergames" burned energy levels comparable to the moderate or vigorous exercises recommended to keep children fit.

The games were compared to the amount of energy used when the children walked on a treadmill at 3 mph.

Researchers say certain games used up more energy than others, including Nintendo Wii Boxing and Dance Dance Revolution.