We’ve heard it all before; video games are the reason for the rates in violent crime, the reason for childhood obesity, the epicentre of social decline, and so forth. It is often extremely difficult to defend video games when the majority of which feature overly sexualised women and dull, macho action heroes that blow stuff to kingdom-come through every passing turn! So when a news story like this comes along, I can’t help but talk about it and appreciate the positive news for once.
A study by Dr. John Porcari from the University of Wisconsin, recently concluded that the workouts given by the EA Sports Active brand of games meet specific fitness guidelines for an effective workout that were proposed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)- the leading authority on exercise science. The study tested individuals within the age range of 25-45 to determine the relative exercise intensity and caloric expenditure of two pre-set workouts from the game. It was found that amongst improving and maintaining an active lifestyle, the games were also successful in improving “aerobic capacity” and “body composition”- which is used to describe the percentages of fat, bone and muscle in the human body.
EA Sports Active, EA Sports Active More Workouts and the soon to be released EA Sports Active 2 are all designed to improve overall body fitness- offering customisable workout plans that are developed in co-ordination with fitness experts. Through a mix of workouts for upper, lower and cardio, each title guides towards a specific “fitness goal”- EA Sports Active executive producer, Tarrnie Williams, explains “We believe that exercise should be a part of an individual’s daily life, and our digital fitness programs are designed to help people make that belief a reality”.
EA Sports Active 2 is due to be released this fall for the Playstation 3, Wii, iPhone and iPod Touch. In addition to the key functionality delivered by the other two Sports Active titles, the first full sequel will also feature the addition of an innovative “Total Body Tracking” wireless control system (for use with the new, motion-controlled leg and arm straps) and heart rate monitor to track the intensity of the workout. Online functionality will also allow users to download new exercises from their chosen platform.
For more information, visit easportsactive.com