Sunday, April 5

Can games like 'Wii Fit' really work it?

The games that work best will be the ones that are the most fun!

Stephen Yang as contacted by Kim Painter, Senior Health Columnist for USA Today, for comments on how effective exergames are for cardiovascular benefits and overall health. He had a great discussion and here is the article that was just posted online today.

But games that are more demanding, more interactive or both are on the way or already available, says Stephen Yang, assistant professor of physical education at the State University of New York-Cortland. For addictive, calorie-burning fun, Yang recommends Eye Toy Kinetic (for PlayStation2), a workout game that points a camera at the user to track movements and provide instant feedback.

He also likes tween favorite Dance Dance Revolution (for various game systems), which is not marketed as an exercise game but fits the bill. And he directs parents to Gamercize, a British import that connects to any video game system — and keeps it running only as long as the user keeps moving on a mini-bike or step machine.

The future will bring games that track heart rates and keep exercisers working at a challenging but safe pace, he says. Virtual group workouts, with participants connected online to a live coach, will happen, too, he says.

But the games that work best, Yang says, will be the ones that are the most fun.

1 comment:

Smith99 said...


Wii Fit is quickly becoming one of the most popular Wii games, as it has enabled video game players all over the globe to maintain a healthy lifestyle all in the comfort of their living room.

Actual health professionals will attest to the fact that there are several types of training to be worked on in obtaining a genuine workout over a long term basis. Wii Fit takes this into consideration by offering four basic types of categories to train in: strength, yoga, aerobics, and balane. Each category works to benefit mind, body, and spirit in different exercises and motions.