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#2: Console Fitness

A recent study released by comScore and MasterCard Advisers' Spending Plus Unit reported that of the two fastest-growing categories for retail spending included sport and fitness and video games, such as the Nintendo Wii -- good news for families who want to get active.

Instead of pulling out a joystick or faux weaponry, the Wii and Wii Fit get families up and about. Maybe some yoga for mom? Slalom skiing for Jane and boxing or tennis for little Joey? Strength training for dad? Aerobics for everyone?

The Wii Balance Board can tell if you're shaping up, because it charts everybody's workouts to see how much progress they're making. A little bit competition, a lot about fitness and even more about fun, technology like this is increasingly getting families on their feet, hearts pumping.

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