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Research Blog 5: Wii Fit vs. Traditional Exercise Methods

In the International SportsMed Journal, an article was published regarding the findings of a study comparing the Wii Fit Plus with traditional forms of exercising and the perceived exertion values of study participants.  This study showed that while heart rate was kept constant among the different methods of exercising, the perceived exertion values reported by the participants was lower for the Wii Fit when compared exercising via a treadmill or bike.  I think this is important for my research, as this study shows that exercising via exergames allows for the potential to exercise while taking out some of the monotony that comes from traditional exercise methods.

Devereaux, Julie. “Comparison of Rates of Perceived Exertion between Active Video Games and Traditional Exercise.” International SportMed Journal (2012): 133-40. Comparison between Nintendo Wii Fit Aerobics and Traditional Aerobic Exercise in Sedentary Young Adults. Web. 24 June 2013.

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2 thoughts on “Research Blog 5: Wii Fit vs. Traditional Exercise Methods

  1. Here’s a tangential issue to think about: the changing shape and operation of the family living room. Here the Wii Fit and other Kinect exercise games might fit into a larger category that would include exercise shows and videos. To get an appreciable amount of exercise in your living room, you need some open space. I would think more than 50 sq ft. (7 x 7). Maybe this is achieved by pushing back the sofa and moving the coffee table, but still you need room to move the furniture into.

    Obviously the appearance of the TV in the 60s changed the appearance, layout, and sociality of the family living room. I wonder if the development of this new performance space will do the same?

    Posted by Alex Reid | June 25, 2013, 11:28 am
  2. While I have not really thought about the changing landscape of our living spaces over the years, it is interesting to think about how our living spaces have changed as these new technologies have become integral parts of our societies daily lives. With the increasing incorporation of gaming systems that encourage or need a “stage” or area to allow for some type of movement in our living spaces, I think we vary well could see changes in how families set up these spaces. With the coming of the next generation Xbox and Playstation, especially with the mandatory need of the Kinect with the new Xbox, I think these changes will occur more regularly in the next few years.

    Posted by bgwhipple | June 27, 2013, 9:29 pm

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