On March 2011, a report in Cnet.com claimed that exergaming qualifies as real exercise. The following are some excerpts from that news report:
So-called exergaming can result in energy expenditure well above walking 3 mph on a treadmill, researchers have found.
Those who prefer the comfort and proximity of their own living rooms to the gym have good news today: so-called exergames can indeed result in elevated energy expenditures, often above that achieved walking 3 miles an hour on a treadmill.
Bruce W. Bailey, a researcher at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Kyle McInnis of the University of Massachusetts in Boston studied the effects of six forms of exergaming–interactive “gaming activities that feature player movement”–on 39 middle school boys and girls. They assessed energy expenditure throughout 10 minutes of play followed by 5 minutes of rest. Continue reading