Gaming your way to fitness?

A new exhibition at the Science Museum's Dana Centre in London hopes to answer the question, "Can video games really make you healthier?" London's Science Museum is set to hold another video game-based exhibition this month, this time looking at the relationship between games and health. The...

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A new exhibition at the Science Museum's Dana Centre in London hopes to answer the question, "Can video games really make you healthier?"

London's Science Museum is set to hold another video game-based exhibition this month, this time looking at the relationship between games and health. The event, dubbed "Play Away the Calories," will take place on March 26, and will also offer gamers and fitness fanatics an early look at Wii Fit, due to launch in Europe on April 25.

According to a statement from the Science Museum, "Visitors will have the opportunity to try out Wii Fit for themselves and watch as its effectiveness is put to the test in a series of live tests...exercising on a treadmill [versus] testing out Wii Fit and playing a more sedentary game, whilst measurements of their heart rate and oxygen consumption are taken to calculate how much energy is burnt."

On hand at the event will be experts from a range of fields including sports science, physiology, and gaming. Andy Jones, an epidemiologist from the University of East Anglia, will "examine how and why adult obesity has quadrupled in the last 25 years and will look at the role technology has played in creating a more sedentary life." Also presenting will be former Edge editor Margaret Robertson, who will discuss the history of "healthy gaming" and why it has failed to catch on in the past.

"Play Away the Calories" is free and open to the public aged 18 and over. It will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on March 26 at the Science Museum's Dana Centre in South Kensington. Tickets can be prebooked by phoning 020 7942 4040 or e-mailing tickets@danacentre.org.uk.

Discussion

22 comments
metaspiral
metaspiral

i think wii fit is a great idea. if videogames can be used to train pilots to fly and marines to fight (look it up) then why cant they be used to train physically? and i think this is something that hardcore gamers owe to themselves to check out and try at least once. what i mean is, if youre spending several hours a day gaming already, maybe at least one of those hours should involve some actual physical movement. sure beats the hell out of snacking and drinking beer in front of WoW if you ask me. and for the casual or non-gamer, it might just be a fun diversion or a more entertaining way to stay in shape. great for rainy days.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

I predict it also won't be long before you can order Pizza Hut through XBOX Live, PSN, and Nintendo Wi-Fi.

Vulpis
Vulpis

Be funny if it turns out the guy not using the Wii Fit or the treadmill turns out to be burning more.. ;-)

Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

I'm already fit, so no thanks. I'll take a nice jog or a basketball game over Wii Fit anyday. Even so, it's a great idea, and I hope it does well.

somberfox
somberfox

"For some reason I have a feeling that some fat guy is gonna break the WiiFit pad." I really doubt that would happen, as Nintendo has a history of making extremely durable hardware. "At least the Wii is making an attempt to get people off their butts and exercise" Um yeah, it's already been done: Dance Dance Revolution. In fact, DDRMAX2 for the PS2 has a workout mode built into it even.

rose_please
rose_please

lamest thing i ever heard, go to the gym, be a man, work out quite being a pansy, and if its to far, then you run there, if its wet, you SUCK IT UP!!

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

i just go to the gym. but on those raindy/lazy days, i'd be fun to exercise in the house without buying a 1000 dollar machine

R-Force
R-Force

Wii Fit showcasing at the Science Museum? Uh Oh, Nintendo moves one stepped closer to retail domination (and possibly building their own Space World satellite).

radical_punk
radical_punk

I agree with you Warlypwnage, "if it takes wii fit or any other video game to make you physically active your not a healthy person".

haesuse
haesuse

man i had a major rant on this artcile when it 1st popped up, about Wii Fit. Bottom line is, they said the same thing about DDR's cardio play mode, and so on. Fat gamers will stay fat gamers, bottom line. You really wanna do something, here is an idea(s): Sports (there is losely hundreds of options here, now go play some), Running, Gym, Swimming, Sex, Eat better, walk, etc...this is a laughable idea to me!

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

wii fit is surely going to be big everywhere.japan has already loved it and iam sure the same will happen in all other countries too.i can not wait to get wii fit and it is one of my most anticipated games ever.the idea behind the game is so clever that all who will see it will surely want to try and love it..

wiifan001
wiifan001

And when I say (post above) I'm referring to the U.S. relese date.

wiifan001
wiifan001

The Wii is going to be huge once Wii Fit comes in May. Nintendo has really focused on the target market on casual / non-gamers. Wii Fit is going to skyrocket the Nintendo sales.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

At least the Wii is making an attempt to get people off their butts and exercise, it is bad though you need video games to do that. Call you buddies and take a ball to the local court and shoot some hoops if you need to work out, you don't need a 150 dollar board to exercise "ya' KNOW!"

chives1
chives1

I am waiting for the gamers Jared (subway). Sooner or later there will have to be someone that loses a few hundred pounds by playing ddr and wii. not me though, i think I have gotten lazier w/ wiimote/nunchuck, don't even need to hold the controller in front anymore, just let em hang to the sides in true lazy man style.

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

Curious to see what comes of this, but I know personally from trying my own experiment with DDR in high school that if you do things enough and regularly it can make a difference for sure. But I agree with Warlypwnage that if this is what it takes for you to be active that you have more to worry about.

Warlypwnage
Warlypwnage

It will be quite interesting to see the results of this. But i will say this, if it takes wii fit or any other video game to get you to be physically active, your not a healthy person.

02sfraser
02sfraser

i will probably get this but not in launch. cant say im excited about it as much as MGS4 plus i will be playing Brawl and MK Wii :P

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

For some reason I have a feeling that some fat guy is gonna break the WiiFit pad. "Sorry everyone. Fatty Mcgee broke the pad." Obesity rules!

rambo_ando
rambo_ando

A new exhibition at the Science Museum's Dana Centre in London hopes to answer the question, "Can video games really make you healthier?"

London's Science Museum is set to hold another video game-based exhibition this month, this time looking at the relationship between games and health. The event, dubbed "Play Away the Calories," will take place on March 26, and will also offer gamers and fitness fanatics an early look at Wii Fit, due to launch in Europe on April 25.

According to a statement from the Science Museum, "Visitors will have the opportunity to try out Wii Fit for themselves and watch as its effectiveness is put to the test in a series of live tests...exercising on a treadmill [versus] testing out Wii Fit and playing a more sedentary game, whilst measurements of their heart rate and oxygen consumption are taken to calculate how much energy is burnt."

On hand at the event will be experts from a range of fields including sports science, physiology, and gaming. Andy Jones, an epidemiologist from the University of East Anglia, will "examine how and why adult obesity has quadrupled in the last 25 years and will look at the role technology has played in creating a more sedentary life." Also presenting will be former Edge editor Margaret Robertson, who will discuss the history of "healthy gaming" and why it has failed to catch on in the past.

"Play Away the Calories" is free and open to the public aged 18 and over. It will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on March 26 at the Science Museum's Dana Centre in South Kensington. Tickets can be prebooked by phoning 020 7942 4040 or e-mailing tickets@danacentre.org.uk.