Is hitting an imaginary ball with an imaginary racquet or following an avatar personal trainer as good as "regular" exercise? Here's what you should know.
What is exer-gaming?Everything You Need to Know About Exer-Gaming
Exer-games are video games that get your whole body moving. The two most popular options are the Wii Fit Plus and the Xbox 360 Kinect. (A newer contender is the PlayStation Move.) They use a motion sensor so that when you move, you affect what happens onscreen. For example, every time you step or punch while playing Rhythm Boxing on the Wii Fit Plus, your onscreen avatar follows suit.
Do these games count toward the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day?
Absolutely. In terms of calories burned, playing active video games is comparable to mild to moderate physical activity (like walking or casual bike riding), according to a review in the journal Pediatric Exercise Science. And the American Heart Association recently partnered with Nintendo to promote exer-gamesRead More »from Everything You Need to Know About Exer-Gaming