Emerging research shows a single session of video game exercise that's done vigorously may offer the same aerobic benefit as other physical activity. At the Miriam's Behavioral and Preventive Medicine Center, researchers are putting that to the test: comparing traditional exercise to exer-gaming.
EA Sports Active 2 is not your typical video game exercise routine. Equipped with three sensors that connect wirelessly to your console of choice, expect to undergo an exhausting 9-week exercise program. There are numerous exercises in numerous categories - from cardio to upper body. You can create custom workouts out of these exercises to suit your needs. The arm sensor also serves as a heart rate monitor, which - says EA - tracks how well your hate rate recovers following exercises. For those looking for a real workout, you can't go wrong with EA Sports Active 2. EA Sports
Bio: Holly Bonds, from Dartmouth, N.S., helped to create an interactive fitness facility for children that combined video games and exercise in 2005. She sold the company in 2009 and currently works for a green electricity company, although she continues to promote active gaming around the world.
In 2005, I created that combined video games and exercise to get them moving. I saw firsthand over the next few years how video games can help kids be active, and how they can help increase their self-esteem. So, before you are tempted to paint all video games with the same brush, let me tell you why I think that video games can be used for good, not evil.