Fitness machine for video game addicts

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If you can't beat 'em, make 'em work for it.

That seems to be the sentiment of the inventors of Step2Play, an exercise machine aimed at kids who spend a lot of time playing video games. The machine links directly to the console of the play station, so that the video game will only work if the child keeps up a pre-set rate of exercise.

The machine looks like a mini-stair climber and is aimed at video game addicts under twelve. The company's rep acknowledges that the machine isn't a perfect solution but says "it is one way of combining a previously sedentary activity with a bit of movement and exercise."

I'm highly suspicious. If exercise becomes regarded as a necessary evil - a path to video games - rather than part of the joy of childhood, I think obesity will continue to escalate. But then, how do you force a kid outside when all his friends are inside playing video games? I'm not sure, but I hope this thing never makes its way into my house.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.