Feeds

Wii-style games keep kids trim, finds study

Wii Sports burns more calories than GTA IV? Well i never!

Build a business case: developing custom apps

An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay, so the old wives' tale goes. But so might certain videogames, now that researchers have finally quantified the benefits of playing active games like Wii Sports.

In a study of 15 young ’uns by Nottingham Trent University, the Department of Health and Nottingham University Hospital, researchers continuously measured children’s heart rates during ten-minute periods of play.

Energy expenditure was determined at rest, while playing “traditional videogames” – those not requiring much movement, in other words – and while playing physical titles.

“Active gameplay” can help raise kids body energy expenditure by up to 42 per cent above the amount expended while playing traditional videogames, the Notts boffins discovered.

This led the team to calculate that, if your youngster played Wii Sports for 60 minutes every day of the year then they could burn off up to 3.4kg (7.5lbs) of body fat over that 12-month period. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER
'Supply chain sources' give up the goss on new iLappy
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.