Off the Couch and Into the Game: Xbox 360 + Kinect

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Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle in glossy white

Technology now touches almost every aspect of our lives. Kids are growing up with tablets, smartphones, and around the clock internet access available to them at home, as well as in classrooms.

Although I believe technology is the bee’s knees, as a parent I’m concerned with my kids becoming increasingly inactive as more of their free time is spent using gadgets. Years ago parents were concerned with what kids watched on TV at home or at a friend’s house, but now we’ve moved into the gaming era. I was someone who thought that all a video game meant was sitting around on a couch eating crappy food and being completely inactive. The Xbox 360 with Kinect has totally changed my mind.

Our Christmas day was spent inside due to horrendous weather conditions, including tornado watches. But thanks to the Xbox 360 Kinect we had a blast playing games like Kinect Adventures and Sonic Free Riders. I’m really excited about these interactive games that encourage movement and physical challenges. Since our kids are growing up with technology being part of their normal day, I feel my choice as parent lies with choosing what kind games can be a healthy alternative to games that require no physical interaction aside from your thumbs.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is full-body gaming and is controller-free so you get to jump, kick, dance, and use your whole body to play. After playing, my older daughter noticed she really felt that her legs got a good workout, and the younger daughter said she needed to take a break and rest.

Music to this mom’s ears.

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*Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. My opinions are always my own whether I’m compensated or not.




  1. We too worry about too much screen time. That said, gaming systems like Xbox and Wii are good for getting up off the couch and in the game.

    • Hi Barbara – I think as parents the best thing we can do is direct them towards positive stuff when it comes to gaming. Before we had a game system, my kids played at friend’s houses and youth events. Seems every generation of parents always have a concern yes? 🙂

  2. Crabby McSlacker says:

    Ooh, sounds very cool! At the moment we have a downstairs neighbor who complains to the condo board every time we walk across a room (in socks on carpet, she’s a freak) so unfortunately an exercise gaming device will have to wait. Glad you guys like it!

  3. We love our Xbox and I’m looking forward to getting at least one more
    for parties! No more sitting around munching and drinking plus it’s
    tons of fun. When everyone’s tuckered out we still use it to dj the
    rest of the night.

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