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Get off the couch with Xbox 360!

Although most people have abandoned the stereotype of video gamers as pasty-faced couch potatoes, there are still lingering doubts among some parents as to whether playing video games will ever constitute healthy exercise. After all, don’t kids need to be sitting in front of a screen to play their favorite games? Or tethered to a handheld controller?

Well, if you have Xbox 360 with Kinect in your living room, the answer is a resounding ‘No!’ With Kinect, Microsoft’s motion sensor system, you are the controller. No more wires, no more remotes – just you and your family and friends. If your game asks you to jump, then jump; if it wants you to swing, then swing. Kinect will track all your movements, recognizing exactly what you’re doing and making you an integral part of the action.

Over the Holidays, my family played games as varied as Kinect Star Wars, Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure and Just Dance 3. Whether we were flashing Lightsabers, battling Omnidroids or partying with LMFAO, the name of the game was movement. My kids all play sports and love to be outside, but a couple of hours with Xbox 360 and Kinect is more than a match for outdoor exercise. And if you want to take that fitness theme a little further, Xbox 360 with Kinect is the perfect workout buddy, with games such as Zumba Fitness Rush, Your Fitness Evolved 2012 and Nike+ Kinect Training.

And when you have finished playing video games, Xbox 360 becomes a one-stop entertainment hub. From movies and TV shows to music and videos, Xbox 360 has something for everyone. And no scrambling for the remote or scrolling through endless menus. You can use voice commands to choose and play anything you want – even using your voice to play, pause and rewind movies.

So the next time someone frowns on video gaming as a sedentary activity, tell them about Xbox 360 with Kinect. It’s time to get up off the couch and play!

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