Do you spend your leisure time in front of your computer, iPhone or television? Probably, according to a new, global study by Reebok, which investigated “how humans spend their time on earth to support the launch of “25,915 Days” – a new Reebok brand campaign that correlates to the average number of days in a lifetime, and aims to inspire people worldwide to honor their days and push themselves to do more with the bodies they’ve been given.”
The study found that a staggering 41 percent of an average human life is spent engaging with technology – or 10,625 out of their 25,915 days! Additionally, it uncovered the average human would only spend 0.69% of their life exercising – or just 180 of their 25,915 days.
Unsettling? Yes. Surprising? No.
How often do you see people walking down the street with their ears glued to their cell phones? Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with your friend and been upstaged by the most current text message? I have.
What can be done to elicit people to make time for athletic training? We need to create a way for people’s love of technology to become part of their exercise routine. In other words, try “exergaming.”
As the founder of Fitness for Health, a therapeutic, exercise facility working with children through senior citizens in the Washington, DC area, I have seen firsthand the power of exergaming – using the latest technology as part of an exercise program – to improve weight management and to increase bone and joint health in all age groups – while having fun.
Do I think exergaming is beneficial? You bet! And, I’ve seen the positive effects firsthand for both children and adults. It’s that feeling that you’re playing a game – not working out – which is at the heart of exergaming’s popularity.
I look at exergames as stealth exercise. Whether a player uses a dance game, a geo-tracking app on their iPhone or pretends to be playing in the World Cup using Wii, he/she is getting exercise without realizing it and having fun. And, shouldn’t working out be fun in order to capture a child’s – and an adult’s – ongoing attention?
Looking for your child to get off the couch and prepare for summer? Concerned about weight management? Searching for a physical activity where your child will want to keep coming back? Fitness for Health’s Healthy Heart class is just the ticket. Your child will have a blast while breaking a sweat with our heart-pumping, exergaming program. Using our state-of-the-art equipment, kids will get fit, feel good and get healthy.
Or, would you or your child like an athletic EDGE? Fitness for Health’s EDGE Training works on mental processing, balance, proprioception, motor planning, motor sequencing, visual motor function and athletic conditioning utilizing the latest in exergaming technology. All are areas that will make the difference – and give you the EDGE during game time.