Video Games Can’t Replace Actual Exercise According to New Study

Captain Obvious also states that December will be cold.

Posted By | On 27th, Nov. 2012


Ruh-roh. It seems that the argument regarding motion-control, exercise games and their ability to provide an avenue of exercise for families is under attack, as a recent study debunks the ability of “active” video games to substitute for nature.

“The research shows the movement in active video games may get heart rates up briefly, but usually not enough to meaningfully contribute to the 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity children and youth require daily”, according to Dr. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer with Active Healthy Kids Canada.

This came after reviewing roughly 1367 papers on the subject, with the group concluding that, “Active video games also don’t offer the fresh air, vitamin D, connection with nature and social interactions that come with outdoor active play” and that they should not replace actual sports and exercise.

Which is all well and good, but it’s been known for a while now that games like Wii Fit don’t really help you lose weight. And we seriously doubt this will effect Kinect’s popularity (or further nosedive the Move’s).

Source: Sun News Network


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