Video Games to Improve Your Health? What is Your Experience?

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-02-02 00:28:46 -0600
Started 2011-05-01 21:07:15 -0500

Just posted an interesting article looking at whther some of the new physically interactive video games should be promoted as "healthy." It can be found here:

At issue is whether games like the Wii can replace traditional exercise and also whether it is ethical for the American Heart Association to allow Nintendo to put the AHA "Heart Check" logo on its game console (Nintendo paid the AHA $1.5 million).

One doctor asked if the AHA wil also allow its logo to be placed on "bicycles and basketballs." Good question!

I guess my position is that it is better than nothing and comparable to other activity IF you were to do it outdoor in the freash air and sunshine.

What is your experience. Anybody use video games to work aup a good sweat?


7 replies

redorangedog 2012-02-02 00:15:50 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, My husband purchased the Kinnect for the Xbox 360, with a program called Your Shape 2012. You stand in front of the TV screen and the program scans your body and asks for your weight and height. You can choose your type of exercise, intensity of workout, music and avatar. You can workout solo or with your partner choosing the duration of exercise. While you are exercising, incentives cheer you on, flash healthy advise on the screen and keeps track of calories burned. We can't wait to wake up and exercise every morning, it is the most fun we have had in years. We do the cardio workout for 20 minutes followed by boxing for 15 minutes more. We had to work up to this duration and have increase the level of intensity since Christmas day. I have noticed an increase in balance, strength, ease of movement and self confidence. There were days that we only got in our 30 minute walk for activity. But with the addition of the morning exercise routine with the Xbox Kinnect, I feel that we are doing something good for our health while having a fun filled time. Red

MWmelbourne 2011-06-22 18:10:37 -0500 Report

We bought a Wii Fit and that's working for my Mom - increasing balance and stamina. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to use it - video games + seizure focus = bad times. Personally I'm allergic to hospitals ;-)

HeartHawk 2011-06-22 23:12:17 -0500 Report


Ditto on the hospitals, lol! Thanks for the personal report on gaming systems. Glad it is helping your mom.


flowmaster333 2011-05-06 06:10:00 -0500 Report

Hell yeah but not with the wii wii … Xbox kinect is a full body motion video game setup that encompasses total body movement with no controllers to hold or accidentally fling into your flatscreen like that dumb lady who tried to sue nintendo because she accidentally chucked her wii remote through her plasma … If any game system is to get the aha heart symbol it should be xbox … In my opinion

redorangedog 2012-02-02 00:28:46 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, I agree. It is so much fun to learn the boxing routine, dance to Zumba and Hip Hop and perspire while sculpting your abs while watching your body on the screen slim down. The Xbox Kinnect has won my heart. Red

MWmelbourne 2011-06-24 15:59:24 -0500 Report

well got the Wii b4 theyhad the xbox kinect.. if I had it to do over again.. yea.

The Wii Fit is a pad/platform you stand on, no in hand controller needed fpr some exercises/games - using balance (controlling your body is a different issue;-)

HeartHawk 2011-05-10 23:50:10 -0500 Report


Thanks for the reply. I guess Xbox didn't pony-up a million bucks to the AHA liek Nintendo did. Man, doe sthat stink oer what? Seems even the AHA is for sale! I mean, they even have the "heart" label on some really "heart unhealthy" foods just because they are fat free - like all that sugar won't kill you, lol! Yikes!


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