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Do active games burn calories?

Do active games really burn calories? According to Wei Peng and researchers from Michigan State University, who conducted a meta-analysis of past research to determine whether there is any benefit to active video game play, they can.

Peng and his researchers examined 18 studies and found:

  • people who played active video games had a higher heart beat per minute than resting, higher oxygen consumption than resting, and higher energy expenditure than resting
  • no significant difference between playing an active video game and traditional physical activities
  • the specific type of active video game played did not appear to make a difference
  • lower body and whole body movement systems produced more energy expenditure than upper body systems
  • a player’s weight had no impact on their ability to gain benefits from playing active video game

Wei Peng, Jih-Hsuan Lin, and Julia Crouse. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. November 2011, 14(11): 681-688. doi:10.1089/cyber.2010.0578.

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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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