Navigation Links
Buy Children Holiday Gifts That Encourage Physical Activity

As the holiday season draws near, the hunt is on for parents to find the perfect Christmas present for their child. While a multitude of toys and games are available, Anne Mejia Downs // , assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis, urges parents to look specifically for toys and games that encourage physical activity.

“With obesity on the rise across the country, toys that get kids moving are some of the best gifts you can give,” Downs says. “Regular exercise can improve concentration, decrease stress and anxiety, prevent and treat depression, and even help kids sleep better.”

In addition to the health benefits, many of the toys and games Downs recommends have an additional advantage – they can be played indoors. “Kids can play them after school if they’re home alone and can’t leave the house, and they’re also great for bad weather days,” she says.

Here is Downs’ list of toys and games that make great presents and encourage physical activity, along with some of the associated physical benefits:

? Cranium Hullabaloo – This game prompts kids to jump, dance and run around and encourages following directions, color and shape recognition and coordination. ? Twister Moves – Unlike original Twister, this game features individual mats for each player and CDs that call out the directions. The game emphasizes balance, coordination, flexibility, timing, reaction time and motor control. ? Dance Dance Revolution – Based on a popular arcade game, Dance Dance Revolution is available for most video game consoles, home computers and as a stand alone that plugs directly into the TV. The game prompts players to follow directions as they move their feet to popular songs. It provides cardio/aerobic exercise and works on coordination, balance, rhythm, reaction time and motor control. “This is a terrific game that people of all ages can play. It’s a great cardio workout and it’s very entertaining,” Downs say s. “Most students say it’s so much fun, they don’t feel like they’re doing work.”

In addition to these specific games, Downs lists a number of “classic” toys and games that also promote activity, such as hoola hoops, jump ropes, Hoppity Hops, pogo sticks, pogo balls, Skip It, hop scotch, four square and laser tag (home version). These toys and games help kids get physically active while working on coordination, balance, timing, rhythm and endurance.

Other items also can encourage activity, such as a pedometer – a stocking stuffer that is great for both kids and adults, Downs says. “You can first use it to see how many steps you take in an average day (which is usually less than people think) and then it can help you to increase the number of steps per day,” she explains. Other activity-inducing presents are a good pair of athletic shoes or a gift certificate to a sporting goods store.

Downs says that any number of things can spark physical activity, and parents should consider that when buying gifts. “Parents can go through the store with that in mind and find toys and games that will generate physical activity,” she says. “Parents have a big influence on whether or not their kids are active. If parents make it more of a priority and do things as a family, kids are more likely to be active as they grow up.”


Related medicine news :

1. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
2. Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma
3. General Anesthesia Safe For Children On Ketogenic Diet Suffering From Epilepsy
4. Children suffer the most when parents divorce
5. Childrens snoring may indicate a serious problem
6. Children exposed to smoke show decreased levels of Vitamin C
7. Children! Protecting them from medical mistakes
8. Children who used anaesthesia drugs could suffer brain damage
9. Children’s Cholesterol Matter
10. Race Affects Sleep in Children
11. Vaccine Reduces antibiotic-resistant infections in Children
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery is updating their record books yet ... 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What an accomplishment for the PRMA team, ... lives and it’s an honor to have served all of these women.” , PRMA ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... potentially more aggressive than those found on mammography, according to a study published ... of additional cancers not seen on mammography may necessitate a change in treatment. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... TyloHelo Inc , North America’s ... Sauna accessories help improve the bather experience in the sauna, and the accessories ... the purist looking for simplicity in design to accessories that encourage a greater ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... According to an article ... being more and more widely heralded as a breakthrough for performing hernia repairs. The ... over traditional laparoscopic surgery is that it can greatly reduce the pain that a ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... The McHenry County law firm of ... decision obtained by Attorneys Francisco J. Botto and Alex C. Wimmer. Attorneys Botto and ... Comm’n, 2015 IL App (2d) 130884WC. , According to court documents, Adcock testified that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... MELVILLE, N.Y. , Nov. 25, 2015  Henry ... products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal ... Dental (GNYDM) Meeting the Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion ... industry,s broadest array of open solutions designed to help ... Click here for a schedule of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... DIEGO , Nov. 25, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. ... diagnostics, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Antonius Schuh, ... the 27 th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. ... at the New York Palace Hotel in ... at 1:30 p.m. EST. Mr. Schuh will be available ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) (TSX: ENL) today announced ... discuss corporate updates at the 27 th Annual Piper ... on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET. ... the link to the event. Participants should allow approximately 10 ... site and download any streaming media software needed to listen ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: