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Exergaming explained by Woman’s Day

Woman’s Day online has a great article summarizing some things you need to know about exergaming. Exergames are video games that get your whole body moving: The exergame console options available on the market are the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox Kinect, the XaviX and the Sony Move. Exergames use motion sensing so that when you move, you are able to affect what happens onscreen.

Playing exergames can count toward the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. In terms of calories burned, playing active video games is comparable to mild-to-moderate physical activity. Exergames can get muscles working and heart rates up. Exergames can be used to replace sedentary screen time with active screen time.

The original Woman’s Day article has a great chart comparison of the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect, which they consider to be the most popular of exergaming consoles. They break down the basics of what you need, what the consoles come with, if they are good for kids and seniors and what are the best workout games. The article is a great resource to learn the benefits of working out with video games and find out how popular consoles stack up – might not be everything you need to know about exergaming, but it’s a good start.

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© 2013. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the National Research Initiative (Grant #2008-55215-18837).

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The Exergames Unlocked project includes a multi-state team of accomplished media education researchers, exercise physiologists, medical professionals and doctoral students. Contributing members are researchers in their fields and have helped launch the use of exergames as tools to combat obesity in their communities and beyond. New Mexico State University researchers and their partners have been funded to research the impact of exergames, develop specific recommendations for exergame use, and implement exergaming programs. As part of that project, this website provides access to resources based on research, sample projects, and input from the exergaming community. For more information, contact the project director: Dr. Barbara Chamberlin, Professor, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service
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Why Exergames Unlocked?

Why Exergames Unlocked? Exergames are videogames that encourage physical activity. Here, you’ll find the best and most effective exergames, as well as strategies and recommendations on using them with different audiences and in different locations.