If you’re like us, the chances are that fighting your grandparents for use of the games console is probably not something you ever thought you’d be doing. Unless you’ve got a granny with a particular penchant for video games, you’re much more likely to associate the Wii with younger generations – particularly when it comes to some of the more active titles.
However, according to researchers from New York’s Union College, pensioners could stand to benefit significantly from increasing their involvement in interactive gaming. Excited about teaching Great Aunt Muriel to play Call of Duty? It’s worth bearing in mind that the study was conducted using so-called exergames - such as Wii Fit - which combine physical exercise with on screen simulations. Looks like COD just isn't going to cut the mustard...
So what makes working out using the Wii more beneficial than other forms of exercise? The scientists at Union College have found that the virtual reality environment of Wii Fit helps to stimulate cognitive function, improving recall, attention levels and problem solving.
Lead researcher Dr Anderson-Hanley said, ‘The implication of our study is that older adults who choose exergaming with interactive physical and cognitive exercise over traditional exercise may garner added cognitive benefit, and perhaps prevent decline, all for the same exercise effort.’ Sounds like a bit of a no-brainer, that one...
Of course, you don’t have to wait until you’re older to reap the benefits of Wii Fit – it’s a great way to exercise indoors without having to make the journey to the gym. Want more ideas on how to avoid the cold weather this winter? Read our blog on how to get fit at home, or see what our community is saying about exercise bikes.
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