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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Shares His Family Fitness Tips

Brees and his wife Brittany announced in January they are expecting baby #3! (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

This Sunday Americans everywhere will plop down on the couch to see who takes home the title at Super Bowl XLVI as the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots for a rematch in Indianapolis. But before you curl up, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees wants you to get up and make this your most active Super Bowl Sunday yet. Brees is teaming up with Xbox 360 Kinect and NFL Play 60 to unveil the Kinect for Xbox 360 Super Sunday Challenge, a program aimed at getting kids off the couch and moving with the help of video games. We got the chance to chat with Brees before the football madness began on how his own family stays active, and his predictions for the game!

Video games are typically pretty sedentary activities. What makes this one so different? The great thing about Xbox 360 Kinect is that it’s interactive; you’re not sitting on the couch with a controller. It’s control free and you have to move your body to play the game. When you play table tennis you're swinging your arms to hit the ball and the track and field game requires you to sprint in place to get distance. I just finished doing Kinect Dance Central for a TV segment and it really makes you work up a sweat!

Do you have a favorite Xbox 360 Kinect game? After that last segment it might actually be Dance Central, it's pretty fun! But they are all really great, there is an activity for everyone and you can play at your own pace, so you don't have to worry about different ages or skill levels. Click read more to see how Brees keeps his family fit, and his thoughts on the Super Bowl!

How are you teaching your kids to stay active? My boys are 3 years old and a year old, so they have no problem staying active right now! As they get older I’m looking forward to taking advantage of all the ways to exercise together. Whether you’re outside playing with friends and family or playing sports, the opportunities to keep moving are really endless. And for nights when you get home and it’s too dark, too cold, or you hit an 80 degree summer night in New Orleans, you have the Kinect to keep you active even though you're stuck inside.

Kids often learn how to exercise from watching their parents. What is one tip you learned from your family growing up that you hope to pass down to your own kids? I’ve been lucky that my family has always been very sports oriented. We grew up always competing at something.  I most enjoyed playing with my family because it was a group event, and that’s what I try to do with my own family as well. Doing things together is key.

What are your predictions for the Super Bowl on Sunday? Any guesses on the MVP? I really don’t have a prediction. We didn’t play the Patriots this year and we beat the Giants at home on a Monday night earlier in the season. Everyone saw the Giants turned things around for their season quickly after that and with the Patriots you always expect a certain level of play, so both teams definitely deserve to be there. As for the MVP, I wouldn’t be surprised if either Tom Brady or Eli Manning gets it. They both will play at a high level and are extremely competitive. One QB will walk away having either four or two Super Bowl wins on their belt, and that is an impressive feat on both parts.  

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