It may be stating the obvious, but now a study by Muenster University’s Institute for Sports Medicine has concluded that video games, even those that claim to be ‘active’ are no substitute for actual, real sport.
In the study, the subject’s sense of physical exertion, and their heart rates and lactate levels were calculated after they had been playing with the video games. Afterwards these were compared to those playing actual sport.
It was found that the workout benefit and energy expended was much lower in the case of the video games when compared to those that played actual sport. According to this report, the video boxing game provided ‘physiologically relevant, though merely moderate workout.’