The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley has been providing kids with hope and opportunity for 65 years—inspiring and empowering our members to reach their greatest potential in a safe, affordable, fun environment.
A few years back we had the opportunity to meet with the Operations Director Jim Queen at one of the Boys & Girls Club National Conferences. Jim explained how they had a weight room that saw little to no use, and were trying to figure out what to do with the space. Enter Exergame!
Exergaming and strength training are both valuable components of a comprehensive fitness program, but they serve different purposes and have distinct advantages for teenagers. Exergaming can be better than traditional strength training in certain situations for teens due to the following reasons:
- Engagement and Motivation: Exergaming is often more engaging and enjoyable for teenagers, which can enhance their motivation to exercise regularly. The interactive and competitive elements of exergaming can make it more appealing, especially for those who may find traditional strength training routines repetitive or boring.
- Accessibility: Exergaming can be done at home or in various settings with minimal equipment, making it accessible to a wide range of teens. In contrast, strength training often requires access to a gym, weights, and supervision, which may not be readily available to all teenagers.
- Lower Barrier to Entry: Teens can start exergaming with minimal instruction and without the need for heavy weights, which can be intimidating or impractical for some. This low barrier to entry can make exergaming more accessible to beginners.
- Cardiovascular Benefits: Many exergames incorporate aerobic activities that improve cardiovascular fitness. While strength training focuses primarily on building muscle and strength, exergaming can provide additional cardiovascular benefits, which are essential for overall health.
- Social Interaction: Exergaming often includes multiplayer options, allowing teens to exercise with friends or family members. This social interaction can make fitness more enjoyable and encourage consistency in their physical activity routines.
It’s important to note that while exergaming offers several advantages for teens, it should not entirely replace strength training or other forms of exercise in a well-rounded fitness program. But if you are looking for different ways to engage ALL types of kids, Exergame might be the right fit for you!