7 minutes a day is all it takes, according to a new study published by University of Alberta medical researchers.   Children at a minimum need seven whole minutes of vigorous physical activity each and every day in order to stay healthy and fit.

With a sample size of over 600 children, researchers attached physical activity trackers to each child for a period of 7 days.  Monitoring activity, weight, and blood pressure, researchers found that 70% of the day children were in a sedentary state of physical activity.  23% of the day the children were in a period of light physical activity, and only 0.6% of the time they were in a period of vigorous physical activity.   “This research tells us that a brisk walk isn’t good enough,” says Richard Lewanczuk, a professor in the Department of Medicine who has been studying this topic for eight years. “Kids have to get out and do a high-intensity activity in addition to maintaining a background of mild to moderate activity. There’s a strong correlation between obesity, fitness and activity. Activity and fitness is linked to a reduction in obesity and good health outcomes.”

This research backs up what most of us already know, kids are not getting the physical activity they need.  So what do we do in order to help them reach that 7 minutes of vigorous activity? Enter Exergaming.  Exergaming bridges video games and fitness into one experience and is a great way to get kids more active. The reason being? They love to play games. What was once thought of as the problem can now be seen as a solution. What other solutions do you feel can help kids increase their level of activity?