Working out with the Wii Fit this fall and winter has been more play than work for me and it’s something my entire family enjoys doing together. As a bonus, the American Heart Association just released information showing that active-play video games can motivate players to participate in more real-world physical activity.
“According to the survey, 58 percent of people who play active-play video games have begun a new real-life fitness activity like walking, tennis or jogging since they started playing the games. Additionally, 68 percent of people who play active-play video games say they are more physically active since they got involved in video games.
The survey also showed that 82 percent of those who engage in active-play video games now play more with family and friends, suggesting that these types of video games inspire social fun. The holidays are a great time to keep this trend going.
In addition, the survey revealed interesting insight into the difference between men and women, what motivates them and how they play active-play video games. Men are more likely than women to play active-play video games with their children (men 65 percent vs. women 56 percent). Men are also more likely than women to play active-play video games with someone else on the same console (men 51 percent vs. women 36 percent). However, women like active-play video games more than men for a number of reasons. They can stay active at home (61 percent), can play day or night (49 percent), can try things they wouldn’t normally do, like skiing (47 percent), and can push their physical limits (24 percent).”
Visit the Active Play Now website where Nintendo and the AHA have put together “12 Days of Getting Active,” a series of daily tips that will help make it easy for people to get active, even when they are challenged with busy schedules and sweet temptations. Sounds pretty much custom made for someone like me! (And you, too, I bet.)
As promised, here’s a yummy recipe from the October wellness event I helped co-host. Enjoy!
Honeydew Lime Smoothie
3 cups peeled, roughly chopped honeydew melon
¼ cup honey
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of kosher salt
¼ cup of spinach leaves
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1. Briefly freeze the melon until slushy frozen, about ½ hour.
2. Puree all ingredients until very well blended
3. Adjust flavor with more lime juice and/or honeydew to your taste.
What tips do you have during the holidays for staying motivated to work out and not overindulging at holiday parties?
Disclosure: I’m now working with Brand About Town as a Nintendo Wii Fit ambassador. I was sent a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit for me and my family, although I sometimes have to fight the girls to use it! I co-hosted a fun Nintendo Wii/American Heart Association event in October with Lindsay from Suburban Turmoil and Brandi from Brandi and Boys. Hank Wasiak was the guest speaker and was incredibly motivating.