Exergames, or interactive video games that involve physical activity, have gained attention as a potential tool to address various health and cognitive issues in children, including short attention spans. At the YMCA, we’ve revolutionized our fitness programs to enhance your child’s coordination, endurance, and strength while fostering friendships in a safe and welcoming space.

Find out how the YMCA Central Florida is taking a new approach to garner interest in fitness for youth.

Here are several ways in which exergames can be beneficial for improving attention spans in kids at the YMCA:

  1. Physical Activity and Brain Function:

    • Exergames require physical movement, which has been linked to improved cognitive function. Physical activity stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with attention, mood, and focus.
  2. Multi-Sensory Engagement:

    • Exergames often involve a combination of visual, auditory, and motor stimuli, providing a multisensory experience. This engagement can help capture and maintain a child’s attention by stimulating different senses simultaneously.
  3. Immediate Feedback and Rewards:

    • Exergames typically provide immediate feedback and rewards for completing tasks or achieving goals. This immediate reinforcement can help reinforce positive behavior and maintain a child’s interest, contributing to improved attention and focus.
  4. Goal-Oriented Gameplay:

    • Exergames often include goal-oriented tasks and challenges, which can promote sustained attention. Children may become more focused on achieving in-game objectives, translating to better concentration and attention skills.
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Exergame Fitness is leading a new movement incorporating technology into fitness. We provide a new way to engage people in fitness, through gamification and technology. By doing this, we create socially engaging, supportive, and inviting fitness communities worldwide