It is ironic that my weight loss patients frequently ask me to play games on Facebook. So here is a game I want to play: get a Nike Fuelband, connect with me on the Fuelband.

We forget to play in this modern world. Growing up when you played you went outside with your friends, and ran all around. We didn’t have a group of friends who all held their hand held device – we talked to each other. We ran, we didn’t need to exercise, we did it by living. So, instead of sitting in front of a computer and playing whatever new game is out there- get the Fuelband, turn off the computer, and get active.

Here are a few things I discovered with the Nike Fuelband.

(a) I like their Nike Fuelpoints better than calories or steps – there is a complex relationship to activity here, but it works quite well.

(b) One morning I played 18 holes of golf.  In the afternoon my wife went to the store and so I played hard with my son (then 2).  Turns out I used more Nike Fuelpoints with that than golf (and it felt like it).  Nike responded “Life is a sport, and being a dad is part of it.”

So you want to play a game- lets see who can get more physicial!

Just Do It

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.

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  1. Lynn says:

    It was reputed that fitness expert Jack LaLaine tried to keep up with a toddler and was unable to do it.
    I have found several activities in grandmothering that use calories:
    1) flying kites
    2)pushing swings
    3)pitching at baseball
    4) running alongside the bike while a child learns to ride
    5)walking with a colicky baby

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