(Reuters Health Summary)
Nintendo's Wii Console gained a lot of buzz when it first introduced games like 'Wii Fit' that actually made players get off their butts and move around. Advertisements and promotional efforts for the console and games featured fit-looking individuals dressed in athletic gear, suggesting that playing Wii games might help individuals incorporate some kind of physical activity into their daily lives. Thanks to a new study out of Japan, this might actually be the case.
The study (funded by Nintendo, no less) found that some of the Wii's sports and activity games can help players work up a sweat, get their heart rates up and burn calories requiring an energy expenditure of 3.0 METs or above, which is considered to be moderate intensity exercise, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) exercise guidelines.
Motohiko Miyachi, head of a physical activity program at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo, who led the study, said "It's a very easy and fun way to start exercising,". According to Miyachi, some physical activity, even of the video variety, is better than none. Agreed!
Catch all the details about the study in the article "Nintendo Wii may provide actual exercise: study" From Reuters Health (Nov. 16, 2009).