More Toys Equal More Excercise, Study Finds

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Researchers found overall playtime jumped 95 percent among the children who had three or five toys. Credit: Getty

As the popular bumper sticker saying goes: The one who dies with the most toys wins.

Maybe. Maybe not -- that's a philosophical argument.

However, if you believe researchers at the University of Buffalo, the one with the most toys actually does get more exercise.

US News & World Report explains how providing children with more toys may improve their level of physical activity. Researchers reportedly found that having more active toys to choose from boosts the intensity of play among children -- particularly girls.

Denise Feda, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Buffalo, tells the magazine that researchers offered three different quantities of toys to 36 children ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old. The participant's heart rates and activity were monitored for one hour.

Researchers found that overall playtime jumped 95 percent among the children who had three or five toys. Girls given more toys played with greater intensity than boys with the same number of choices.

Unfortunately, according to US News & World Report, researchers didn't specify what types of toys were used.

"The results of this study are significant, considering the epidemic of childhood obesity plaguing this country," Feda tells the magazine.

"Adults looking for effective ways to increase their child's exercise time should take a look at toy variety. Adding an active toy or two could help, especially for girls. Girls can be motivated to engage in equal physical activity as boys by simply providing them with a greater choice of active toys."


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