Are you a parent who is concerned about your child’s lack of activity? Does it seem like they’re always on an electronic device instead of running around?
According to the President’s Council on Fitness, only one in three children are “physically active” every day. Even when using computers for productive activities like homework, they don’t keep us healthy or fit.
One father invented a solution. He connected an exercise bike to the computer so his kids have to pedal to unlock the screen. With a little software programming, he added features to make it more functional. Kids can earn “credits” for the future, and parents can set aside times for certain uses.
Multiple profiles can be set up with different limits. It knows if the kids
are on for fun or spending their screen time on schoolwork.
One of the beauties is that it takes away the verbal battles of enforcing screen limits. Kids have to do some exercise or the computer locks up. They can’t complain to mom or dad; they just have to pedal faster.
You can watch this family peacemaker in action here
Unless you speak Hebrew, the sound won’t help you, but it’s still fun to watch.
At this point, it’s only a prototype. The closest thing on the market may be the FitDesk. It doesn’t connect to your computer, but at least it has a pedaling option.
Next time your kids are staring at a screen, send them one of these links. Maybe the threat of it becoming a reality will get them to head outside and play.
DO you have something to add to this post or have a better idea to make our kids active? Please post your comments below.