I go to a video games center at least once a week and try to play one of the physically challenging games like — snowboarding, soccer, and shooting; I would get my share of perspiration, and once I saw this kid perspiring as he was playing for almost an hour in the dance revolution machine. Upon seeing the kid I quickly gasp and hoped video games would be created that would serve as gaming and fitness medium.
Having said that, I just read a post on Yahoo how West Virginia decided to use dance revolution to cut obesity. In an excerpt:
West Virginia, which has the worst childhood obesity problem in the United States, is stepping up plans to use Konami Corp.’s “Dance Dance Revolution” to battle the bulge in its schools.
The state, which plans to put the popular dancing video game in every one of its public schools, said on Wednesday research suggested that it helped put a halt to weight gain.
Preliminary results from a 24-week study of 50 overweight or obese children, aged 7 to 12, showed that those who played the game at home for at least 30 minutes five days per week maintained their weight and saw a reduction in some risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
How long do you think before we see fitness centers which purely uses video games for their exercise machines?
[tags]Health and Fitness[/tags]