Having fun with exergaming benefits health
There has been a lot of concerns over the years that spending too much time playing digital games can be unhealthy. However researchers are now saying that a type of digital gaming called exergaming which combines gaming with execise can decrease sedentary time and enhance social well-being.
With a rise in popularity of digital gaming there have been increasing concerns about too much associated sedentary time leading to an increased incidence of many illnesses including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It appears a new form of gaming which combines gaming with exercise, called exergaming, can significantly lower the risk of these illnesses.
There is a decrease in sedentary time and an increase in social well being with exergaming
The University of Jyväskylä reports that there is a decrease in sedentary time and an increase in social well being with exergaming. In fact a dissertation by researcher Tuomas Kari asserts that gaming can serve as a medium for the promotion of health. With exergaming physical activity is necessary from the player to play the game.
Some examples of some good exergames include console-based dance games and various mobile exergames, such as Pokémon GO and Zombies Run. These games offer the opportunity to combine fun and benefits for health. By making getting exercise so much fun it seems likely some game players may be in better shape than ever before.
An added benefit of playing games is social time
An added benefit of playing games is social time spent with friends. Exergames are generally played in a group instead of alone. This makes getting to meet new people and making new friends easier. Therefore as Kari says there can also be an increase in social well being with exergaming.
It has been reported by Elsevier Health Sciences that exergaming has been recommended to improve the health of children. Many kids spend far too much time with sedentary behavior and exergaming can help break this bad habit.
Exergaming offers a fun way to get an alternative type of exercise
Researchers have said that less than 50 percent of school aged boys and less than 28 percent of school aged girls get the minimum levels of physical activity which are necessary for good health. Exergaming with such interactive gaming systems as Xbox-Kinect and Wii U has been gaining in popularity.
Exergaming offers a fun way to get an alternative type of exercise which counters being too sedentary. Dr. Louise Naylor and researchers from The University of Western Australia says that high intensity exergaming may help kids gain long-term and sustained benefits for their health.
The notion of digital gaming simply being exclusively associated with sedentary behaviors and bad health is becoming obsolete. With a new era of exergaming kids and adults alike now have a fun way to stay more active. Exergaming clearly can offer great benefits for physical and mental health.