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Xbox 360 Kinect Games vs WII Fit for Exercise



Xbox Kinect Games vs WII Fit

The verdict is in.  At least according to the results of a study done by the University of Chester, UK on which is best for physical fitness -- the Xbox 360 Kinect games or the WII Fit.  The study was done on a small scale involving a sample size of 10 boys and 11 girls between the ages of 11 to 15 years old.  The games played on the Xbox 360 Kinect were Kinect Sports Boxing and Dance Central.


Xbox 360 Kinect Sports Boxing

Playing the Kinect games increased the players' heart rates significantly and the energy expended increased by 263 percent and 150 percent  for Sports Boxing and Dance Central respectively.


Xbox 360 Kinect Dance Central

By comparison, the WII Fit was not as impressive.  This may be due in part to the Kinect games requiring full body movement while the WII Fit uses a hand hand controller.

Active video games, of course, cannot replace exercise for a healthy, well-rounded fitness routine. However, according to Mike Morris, nutritional scientist from the University of Chester, playing active video games can bridge the gap in the calibre of physical activity currently being observed.

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