In all my years of working with students with emotional and behavioral issues, this intervention of exercise through Exergaming has had the most significant impact on improving behaviors of anything else I have tried. This has allowed my students to access their education, improve their mood, and make for a completely different learning environment.
The research is clear that exercise improves mood and behavior. What’s novel about this intervention is the introduction of Exergaming as the medium to get students (many of whom are reluctant to be physically active) motivated to actually exercise on a regular basis. Rarely, in my 30 years as a principal, have I witnessed something that has had such an immediate and positive impact on both students and teachers.
When we started using Exergame equipment, our enrollment in our Youth Activity Center doubled, the parents liked that the kids were more active. The kids will compete with each other to see who can get the most points! They are having fun, learning social skills, good sportsmanship and exercising at the same time!
I have been very pleased with our partnership and the efforts of the Exergame Fitness Team. Our room is specifically for ages 8-12, after all our research for our new building built in 2014 there is nothing that gets the kids active and engaged like the Interactive Exergame Equipment.