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What is Exergaming?

Exergaming is defined as technology-driven physical activities, such as video game play, that requires participants to be physically active or exercise in order to play the game. These games require the user to apply full body motion to participate in virtual sports, in group fitness exercise or other interactive physical activities. The concept behind Exergaming takes the passion for gaming and turns what was once considered a sedentary behavior into a potentially more active and healthy activity.

What are the benefits of exergaming?

  • It is fun and enhances enjoyment of exercise..
  • It allows for social interaction as multiple players can participate at one time.
  • It allows participants to make individual choices when playing the self-paced game.
  • It uses the video game motivation to allow participants to play their favorite games while being active.

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Source: American College of Sports Medicine; Exergaming