Can video games replace traditional workouts?

December 21, 2011 9:40:17 AM PST
Many people have video gaming systems like the Wii and Xbox Kinect on their holiday wish lists. But, can video games take the place of traditional exercise?

A new study says maybe.

Researchers at Michigan State University looked at the results of 16 different studies to determine if active video games could provide the same cardiovascular benefits as a traditional workout. They found video gaming systems like the Wii, Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move are good to get people moving, but they don't really pack enough of a cardio wallop to replace regular exercise.

That's because most games require light-to-moderate energy usage. Experts recommend moderate-to-vigorous activity for the best health benefit.

Researchers say the games are best for senior citizens or those who cannot maintain a high energy output.


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