The Benefits of Active gaming for Kids and Teens

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A Fun Way to Boost Health and Social Skills

In today’s digital age, where screens are often associated with passivity, there’s a revolutionary approach that’s changing the way children and teenagers stay active while having a blast – active gaming. Exergames, short for “exercise games,” are a powerful tool for promoting a healthy lifestyle among kids and teens. These engaging activities not only make movement enjoyable but also provide numerous physical, mental, and social benefits. In this blog, we’ll explore the diverse advantages of active gaming for children and young adults, active users of FEC (Family Entertainment Center) and indoor playgrounds. Let’s dive in!


Adding a Playful Dose of Activity to a Day

Exergames/Active games offer a simple yet potent way to infuse everyday life with physical activity, seamlessly weaving exercise into the fabric of fun. These games promote muscle development, enhance respiratory and circulatory systems, improve body control and balance, all while ensuring an enjoyable and unobtrusive exercise experience. Say goodbye to rigid time constraints; even a quick 10-minute active gaming session can kickstart a journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), active gaming champions high-intensity, fast-paced exercise for kids. With just a minute or two of active gaming, the road to improved fitness unfolds. Active gaming effortlessly dissolves the line between “exercise” and “play,” revealing a delightful pathway to a healthier lifestyle enriched with extra benefits.


Active gaming on runBEAT - gamified treadmill.


Fostering Tolerance and Social Skills

Exergames/Active games, such as those on iWall, create unexpected connections as kids participate in races together. This promotes tolerance, understanding of differences, and critical social skills like interaction and friendship. For children who might find group activities intimidating, active gaming provides a meaningful and accessible way to bond with peers, sparking joy, a sense of community, and a taste of triumph. Whether a kid takes on the challenges solo, partners up with a friend or family member, or shares the excitement with an assistant, the playing experience is unifying. It’s a remarkable way to bring everyone together.


Learning and Friendship Skills

Active games teach kids winning and losing, self-expression, and the development of friendship skills. This positive influence extends to all parts of life, fostering better social relations and enhancing children’s motivation towards physical activity. Participating in active gaming enhances self-esteem by fostering a sense of achievement and cohesion among players as they work towards shared goals e.g. collecting points together rather than competing against each other.


Kids and teens playing on cycloBEAT - indoor cycling activity.



Active gaming isn’t just about fun; it’s a game-changer for kids and teens, offering lots of benefits that extend far beyond physical health. FEC operators and indoor playgrounds can tap into this trend to promote healthier, happier, and more socially connected communities. So, if you’re looking for a way to engage your customers of all ages, consider incorporating active games into your offerings. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!


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