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Monday
Mar072011

Poll: Exergaming 'Viable Alternative' to Exercise

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(PROVO, Utah) -- A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University suggests that exergaming -- that is, playing active video games for exercise -- may be a good alternative to traditional physical activity for children.

The study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, studied 39 boys and girls from Boston who averaged 11 to 12 years of age.

Researchers found that children who played video games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Boxing expended the same amount of energy as those who walked on a treadmill for the same amount of time. Some argue, however, that trials which are longer in duration may not yield the same results.

Exercise from the games and walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour were both considered a "moderate intensity" activity.

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