Fitness program combining electronic gaming and fitness comes to Sharp County

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ClaryFitness.com invites the public to attend an information session on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. that introduces a program for ages 6-17 designed to challenge the mind and body in friendly competition that encompasses gaming and exercises.

The program, Clary Gaming Fit Club™ combines 45 minutes of digital gaming with age-appropriate 'Game Titles' and 30 minutes of 'Competitive Challenge' encompassing body weight training, flexibility and fun aerobic activity.

The public is invited to attend an information session Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Clary Fitness in Ash Flat, located next to Walmart, where information will be shared and questions can be asked on this innovative program combining electronic games and fitness for kids.

Pat Clary, owner and director of the program for kids explained how this program developed. "The skills a child learns in playing electronic games such as adaptation, creativity, eye hand coordination, innovation, tactical, team work and multi-tasking, are skills that are useful throughout the course of one's life." She continued with, "These skills can be transferable to both job and collegiate opportunities. I wanted to bring a program for kids to our area that could become a pathway for kids to compete for scholarships at the collegiate level while at the same time introducing fitness as a lifestyle" said Clary.

Colleges and universities are now recognizing video games as a college varsity sport. The August 2014 issue of Technology reported that the Robert Morris University in Illinois was giving out $500,000 in athletic scholarships to gamers. Video game majors are now being offered in many colleges and universities.

"We have a great team lined up that will oversee this program. Jon Freeman, Crystal Nicholson, Nick Conforth and Tina Conforth are developing fitness activities that reinforce the learning gained through the gaming experience. We're excited at Clary Fitness about the potential for young people through the Clary Gaming Fit Club™ and look forward to meeting and interacting with the gamers in our area."

The information session is open to the public. Clary Fitness is located next to Walmart in Ash Flat at 16 Nix Ridge Road. For more information, contact Clary Fitness at 870-994-4444 or email pclary@claryfitness.com. You can like and follow Clary Fitness on Facebook at ClaryFitness.com.

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  • This is such a great news, that ClaryFitness carried an event about 45 minutes of digital gaming along with body weight training. I totally agree, The skills a child learns in playing electronic games such as adaptation, creativity, eye hand coordination, innovation, tactical, teamwork and multi-tasking, are skills that are useful throughout the course of one's life. Thus, due to so many benefits of playing video games, I gifted my 10 year old nephew an Acheter Xbox gift card 50 euros from https://www.press-start.com/fr/, whenever he gets free time from studies I always use to allow him to play through a variety of games which enable one to gain some concentration power and cognitive skills.

    -- Posted by marysmith on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 1:25 AM
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