Friday, December 07, 2007

Play Video Games for Exercise!

It looks like it has come full circle. As parents were concerned that their kids would become fat and lazy, now here's a story about how video games and keep you fit and active:

Wii Becomes Physical Therapy Mainstay in Canadian Hospital

Virtual bowling leagues hit
the retirement home

Since its launch last year, the Nintendo Wii has opened the video game market up to everyone, not just young men.

A year later, the Wii began popping up in the most unlikely of places. It can be found in gyms, in retirement homes — and most recently, in hospitals as a tool to assist in physical therapy.

According to Reuters, a hospital in Alberta has been using the Wii to assist those recovering from strokes, and spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, for the past four months.

Occupational Therapist Robbie Winget told Reuters the console helps patients build balance, coordination, endurance and upper and lower body strength.

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