Nintendo's Own Study Show Wii Not So Great As Exercise

from the honest-results! dept

There's been a little buzz around the news of a new study in the UK pointing out that playing games on the Nintendo Wii really isn't a particularly good substitute for real exercise, as some Wii-players would like to believe (and I'll admit that I'm guilty of playing some Wii boxing in lieu of real exercise). However, what may be even more interesting is the fact that the study was actually paid for by Nintendo. Perhaps we've just become so cynical about corporate "studies" like this in the past, that it's relatively shocking to find one paid for by a company that shows the opposite of what the company probably hoped to see -- and then to still see that study actually published somewhere.

Filed Under: exercise, wii
Companies: nintendo

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    Personal Trainer, 28 Dec 2012 @ 2:45am

    Substitute for 'real' exercise

    I don't think Nintendo are claiming (or trying to claim) that the Wii is meant to replace traditional forms of exercise. It is just a fun 'addition' for those that would prefer to play 'active' games rather than sit in front of the computer on their behind. As with any form of exercise, what you get out of it, is directly correlated to the effort you put in. If you just stand there occasionally waving your controller in the air, chances are you're not going to burn much fat or raise your heartbeat. On the other hand, set the difficulty level higher and throw yourself into it and you can raise the heartbeat enough to derive the benefits. I think it's an incredibly valuable tool for certain kids in particular, in trying to get them more active - there are even studies showing how it can benefit the elderly in helping them to increase activity and mobility whilst in their own living room.

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