Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Parent to Parent: Apps for Exercise
With summer here, the last thing parents want to see are kids lazing around the house, turning into couch potatoes. But how do you get them to move? One local street ball legend has a few tricks up his sleeve as 7's Lynn Martinez tells us in tonight's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Luis "Trikz" da Silva is known for his crazy brand of street basketball. He travels around the world performing.
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "Five different continents and over 40 countries."
Doing commercials, video games, films, and now, iPhone apps designed to get kids moving.
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "I figured, what was a good way to actually get a DVD out but in a device where kids can go outside and actually view it?"
And they might learn a few tricks while they're at it.
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "Fitness in a different way, in a fun way. Kids can actually mimic some of the tricks and also burn some calories while they're outside."
The app has about 40 minutes of instructions. The cost: $3.
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "Spider dribble. Two in the front, two in the back."
Luis knows all about why it's important for kids to exercise.
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "I grew up, I was an overweight child. It was tough for me. I used to get picked on a lot."
He found basketball burned calories, and doing tricks helped him build eye-hand coordination. He says, anyone can learn how.
Andy Sarmiento: "Kids nowadays, they play more video games than going outside, so a game like this will help them stay fit."
All it takes is the right instruction...
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "Fingertip control. Remember!"
And lots of practice.
Carolina Lopez: "I think they're pretty cool, since kids use iPods a lot now. We can learn from looking at their apps."
When it comes to keeping kids fit, parents say, the apps idea is a slam dunk.
Cynthia Pyles, Basketball Coach: "He's trying to get them moving, keep them healthy, get them into that lifestyle where maybe they can take that into adulthood."
Luis "Trikz" da Silva: "Roll the ball to the other arm. Roll the ball to the other arm."
Taking the game from couch to court.
Frank Sarmiento: "It's so much better to actually play the game than actually play it on video games."
Kids learning how to have high-energy fun, right at their fingertips.
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