I have taught judo since I was 13 years old when the coach arranged for me to pay my YMCA membership by helping to teach the beginning judo class. I thought about this recently when I was asked for the 7,823rd time
“What age are your games appropriate for?”
It’s probably reasonable for children to start doing push-ups and sit-ups around age 8. It won’t damage them to do these exercises sooner, but if you take a good look, you’ll see that children’s heads are much larger in proportion to their bodies than in adulthood. This disproportion decreases with age. So, around age 8 is a good time to begin these exercises.
At what age are push-ups and sit-ups no longer good exercises? When I was in my twenties and training for the world judo championships, the first thing I did when I got out of bed in the morning was drop down to the floor and do 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups.
As someone who travels for business a lot and spends a lot of time in hotel rooms, I can tell you that these are good exercises into your fifties. I don’t do as many or as often as I did in my twenties, but push-ups and sit-ups are still good to keep in shape.
It’s the same way with reading, with math problems.
Games that make you smarter, that teach you about history and have math challenges pop up as you are walking through the woods in a virtual world or dodging venomous snakes.
We make games that are like push-ups for your brain.
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