Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Benefits of "Exergaming"




In the few last years, the gaming industry has introduced games that require physical movement. No more sitting with a controller in your hand couch-potatoting it up all day long. Now, when it comes to gaming, you gotta move it or lose it.

For example, Nintendo Wii requires each player to swing golf clubs, tennis racquet's and throw bowling balls. Playmotion has volleyball, shufflepuck and soccer. Gamercize has wrestling and racing. There's yoga, snowboarding and a host of other activities that keep the fun going and keep your body moving.

Research says that "Exergaming" has more than entertainment value. It offers great physical and mental benefits. I totally agree.

Technology rocks.

Klein, M., & Simmers, C. (2009). Exergaming: Virtual inspiration, real perspiration Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers, 10 (1), 35-45 DOI: 10.1108/17473610910940774

16 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

I'd have to agree with that! I think any way you can incorporate movement into the lives of the most sedentary generation (IMO) is wonderful!

In fact there was a video posted on my homepage this morning about a boy who lost weight by using video games as his exercise.

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/video.aspx?vid=8e86fb4a-c723-49bd-9e61-853fef61265a%26tab=TODAY&GT1=31036

phd in yogurtry said...

Maybe the dire predictions of the song In The Year 2525 won't come true,

"In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs got not nothing to do
Some machine is doing that for you"

HP said...

My lack of sports prowess sadly also extends to Wii sports....and just don't stand near me when I'm wielding the Wii tennis racquet!

~Just me again~ said...

I agree, I played with Kat's boxing on her WII, omg what a work out. I worked up a sweat and I was so sore the next day, lol tell me that's a good sign.

Sharon S said...

I love the Wii

I'm not much for traditional gaming but this type get's the heart pumping. It was a great idea and I hope to see more like it. The boxing is HARD..LOL My fav is the tennis :)

Belizegial said...

I have not had the pleasure of exergaming. However, my preteen begs for a WII continuously and has indicated that she and I can lose weight as an added incentive to get me moving on the purchase. LOL

Xmichra said...

We have a wii. my daughter loves it, I hate it. Personally, I do not think of it as a video game. it's doing outdoor activities without going outdoors at best.

But, for a person like me, I can't stand baseball or bowling or yoga, etc etc etc. I like my mario and mario kart, but the wii ruined it for me. I played video games to relax, not to stress out.

The point that it was made so that it could help the obesity rate is a nice one. But if you are not letting your child (or yourself) sit and do nothing but video games, this is moot.

I do like the wii for Kira though, because she does enjoy baseball and bowling etc etc etc and I do not have to go any purchase all the equipment and rent an arena. Plus, you can do that stuff all year round, something living in the wintery-north wasn't privilledged to before.

SO I see it's ups and downs. I guess is what i am saying..lol...

Barry said...

This is a good thing to know. I did get more fit because of using the WII.
Thanks for sharing.

Jade said...

Its a great concept...but...whatever happened to actually going outside and playing baseball, going and actually bowling with a real ball..interacting with society...? For many populations this could be helpful...but I hope kids don't forget that sports can actually be played outdoors too! ;-)

Carie said...

I love my wii lol...we definatly get a work out, I really want to get wii fit next, we are slowly saving up for it :)

S'onnie said...

I think things like wii etc have their place. With my neice stuck in a 2.5 by 2metre isolation room in hospital the wii has a)got her out of bed, b) got her doing things and c) entertained her (perhaps the most important)

Raina said...

As the Wii Fitness Examiner, and a group fitness professional, I advocate the Wii as a viable fitness tool. It's benefits are far-reaching, not limited to just exercise. For the gamer, the Wii seems to be threatening since it redefines the gamer persona. I prefer to call us Wii fitness players instead of gamers. Check out my articles if you want tips on how to get a great workout with your Wii.
Wii Fitness Examiner - Examiner.com

Awake In Rochester said...

I wish i had the money for Wii. I hate to go out in winter and dont get much excercise.

dawn said...

I'm in love with my Wii although it does tell me that my balance is horrible-lol.

Super Girl said...

I totally agree. These new games are great for the next generation of gamers. With rising obesity rates, it is good to see that gaming consoles are making games fun and encouraging physical activities. Dance Central for xbox is a great game for that. I always finish with a slight glow. :)

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I absolutely love the concept of "exergaming" (I learnt a new word!), it's another option for getting active and having fun... I think variety is key.