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Guaranteed to Keep Kids Competitive After School With Wii

A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

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Some moms may be happy to know that trends in video games are changing to more active participation and less individualization.

Competitive Wii Gaming

Some moms keep their kids clear of video games and rightly so. The adverse effects of children playing video games are quite clear. For starters with some kids, it interrupts their study and social skills. That alone is a valid reason to keep them away from the video screen. There are reasons to play video games with consoles like Wii. Some moms may be happy to know that trends in video games are changing to more active participation and less individualization.

Wii gaming console from Nintendo keeps players busy and moving about interacting with other players during a synthesized game of tennis, bowling, baseball, basketball, racquetball, and more.

Mothers Like Wii

Mothers agree that Wii is a hit because of the motion controls. They are easy to use while getting kids active and staying busy after school.

Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is one of the most active games my daughter plays.

Most family athletic clubs offer Wii and DDR at their Kid’s Center. Moms enjoy a great workout, while their children are active in the center being active with Wii.

I have returned from exercising and see my kids are alert and sweating. It makes me feel good that I worked out, and they did, too.

The game accessories seem endless from zappers to shoot at the screen to lightsabers to golf clubs.

Athletic Clubs Offer Wii

When Wii hit the athletic clubs, kids became engaged in the onscreen action with the motion controls. We now see them playing with other kids in motion -- laughing and competing. They no longer play video games that hypnotize them. Kids stay in motion and extroverted while having a great time.

These new active games are not substitutes for the actual game. Kids or adults need to experience the real game.

Parents and their kids can play a round of golf but stay home, practicing at home in a virtual driving range. They can practice with a game of tennis or even bowling.

Wii gaming console from Nintendo keeps players busy and moving about interacting with other players during a synthesized game of tennis, bowling, baseball, basketball, racquetball, and more.

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Cardio Workout

The game accessories seem endless from zappers to shoot at the screen to lightsabers to golf clubs. Wii uses many ways to get you or your kids off the couch and active.

Now let’s look at ways for moms to benefit from the Wii—not just play games but get in shape, creating a personal workout. Adding the balance board to your accessories, you can use the console to perform exercise routines, such as the Cardio Work Out with kickboxing.

What Do You Think?

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Balance Board

Nintendo's balance board senses your weight and balance while interpreting the movement of your feet.

The motions start happening similar to the remote controller – you have complete control during the work. The board alerts the user if there is an unbalance that can be harmful to the body.

You can perform squats, pushups, crunches, jumping rope, back exercises, dodge punching, and log cutting. In no time, you will be having a fantastic time, sweating in your living room.

Wii could never replace a fitness class, but it is a doable substitute if you can't make it to the athletic club, which moms experience quite often.

Not the End-All

Nintendo is not the end-all of keeping active. There are other manufacturers of interacting games with motion controls. For instance, Microsoft delivers Project Natal accessory for the Xbox 360. Natal combines the Wii concept with a sensor bar, camera, microphone, and hi-tech motion sensors. The idea is to create a fully interactive interface but never picking up a game controller. Mom and kids will be able to use a combination of voice commands and gestures. To top that off, they even scan their real-world objects to use in the game.

Wii could never replace a fitness class, but it is a doable substitute if you can’t make it to the athletic club, which moms experience often.

Socialize Skills

All in all, the interactive games seem more proactive than the old video games. Getting kids involved with other kids after school with these games is a safe and positive approach to socializing.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh