If you play video games as much as me the chances are your family are concerned. I spend several hours every night in my room playing and regularly get shouted at for doing so.
Now I will admit my game playing is not healthy I am definitely doing too much playing and not enough socialising. In addition, I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, so recently have cut back on my playing. That means I have been reading more, but mostly about video gaming. Well I have to feed my addiction somehow don’t I?
Whilst browsing I came across an interesting article on Forbes that was all about the fact that gaming is actually good for your health. I started to look around and found several others.
Here are some of the reasons playing video games is actually good for your health and a bit about the research, that proves this:
Isabela Granic and Adam Lobel wrote the most interesting paper on the subject along with several others. It was entitled The Benefits of Playing Video Games and was written to try to balance out the evidence that is out there, which demonstrate the harmful effects playing video games can have.
People that play first person shooters have been proven to have better spatial awareness, faster reactions, better attention, visual processing and rotation abilities. Those who do not play lose all of those skills as they age. Even those who have never played before can quickly learn these skills. In one experiment, people only had to play for 50 hours to significantly improve their cognitive abilities.
Problem solving skills
Most gamers have better problem solving skills than those who do not play. Whilst playing gamers are constantly solving problems, so this comes as no surprise to those who play regularly.
The fact that gamers brains are lit up in so many different ways means that they are also very creative. Gamers can think outside the box and have vivid imaginations. This was proven by a study that looked at the creativity of 500 12 year olds who played video games on a regular basis.
Most games are target driven. Every time you sit down you have a goal that you need to achieve. Again, studies have shown that the goal attainment skills you learn and use when playing video games stay with you and can be used in your real world life.
Good for social skills
Now this is an odd one. Most people think that people who play a lot of video games have poor social skills. In reality, video games can actually be good for building social skills. The immergence of group gaming has helped to turn gaming into a more social activity.
A recent study published in the Journal of Paediatrics shows that playing video games is good for the social skills of children aged between 10 and 15. That said balance is important. The study worked out that play for an hour or two a day was beneficial, but any longer than that was harmful.
If you are looking for a fun way to stay fit virtual reality is definitely going to be for you. Up until a few months ago, working out with the aid of the video gaming would have been impossible. The only choice you would have had was to use the Wii Fit and other online games to stay fit. However, finally oculus Rift and Gear VR I have been to the realm of the gym.
Temple Run VR
Temple Run VR works well with the Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung’s Oculus headset. In this game, you are running in a virtual environment without any particular changes it direction. This makes it ideal for use in the gym.
Running in a virtual environment is certainly a lot more fun than running on the treadmill. You tend to push yourself more without realizing that you are doing so. Time flies by because it does not feel like you are running in a boring gym.
Virtual Reality spin classes using Wildrun
With the help of an Oculus Rift headset and a special adapter, it is now possible to go for a virtual cycle ride. The developers of Wildrun have made it possible for you to take your road bike and lock it into a docking station that has microcontrollers embedded into it.
The microcontrollers simulate road or track resistance and speed that correspond to the environment that is presented through the headset. Currently backgrounds are limited but more course and environments are being developed.
The ultimate virtual reality workout
Icaros has come up with the most effective virtual reality piece of gym kit. In fact it so good that it could easily replace the need to go to the gym at all. The Icaros team have worked in conjunction with the German design company Hyve.
The new gym gadget is currently in its 2nd incarnation. It is an odd-looking piece of kit. When on it you are in a face down position balanced on a kind of gimble. The gimble moves as you navigate the environment you see the virtual reality headset. To move you have to use your muscles. From the looks of things, it is going to give us a stunning core workout. The games being developed for the device include a deep-water swimming experience and they are experimenting with the idea of an interstellar flight game.
There is little doubt that virtual reality will soon become a regular part of our lives. Exactly how it will be used to keep us fit remains to be seen. However, it is obvious that virtual reality is going to stop up from putting on weight by sitting around on the couch playing video games. At that point, the world of video gaming will have gone full circle.
We have all been there. We get in from work thinking I will just have 5 minutes, then get ready, and go to the gym, but inevitably, we never make it to the gym. Ultimately, we just to sit down and start watching TV or reading book instead. Just getting up to go out to the gym is just too much effort. It is just too much of an effort.
Fortunately, there is a solution. All you have to do is to get up, set up your Wii system, and use the fitness programmes.
Using it is as simple as turning on the television, which let us face it you are going to do anyway, and turning on the fit. Because you are in your own home, you can play anything you want and enjoy doing so. You do not have change into a special outfit or make the effort to go out.
In addition, the time that you would be spending travelling to the gym, and back again, can be used to play for longer, which means that you get a longer workout. The fact that it is fun and so convenient means that you are bound to exercise more than you would otherwise.
That said, the question remains just how fit can you get using the Wii Fit?
Get ultra fit using Wii games
Actually quite fit. Bearing in mind that to get fit all you need to do is to move fast enough to be slightly out of breath and burn some calories and you can see that many of the games that are included in the Wii Fit package are suitable for doing this. Take for example the boxing game. Once you get past the easiest levels, you actually have to move quite fast and have to breathe heavily to complete the harder levels. It is a great way of working out the stress of the day.
Because you are on your feet, you are getting your whole body moving and most of the time, because you all punching from the waist, you are actually building up your core muscles. This is very good for burning belly fat and strengthening the lower back.
Even the easy games can help with fitness
Now it may not be that the bowling game will get you particularly fit because you do not have to move much to enjoy that game. Yet even that game has a place in a fitness regime for some people. Those who have joint problems are very overweight or are elderly will not be able to play the tennis or box, but they can enjoy the bowling.
Studies have shown that older people who have been inactive for many years find that playing the Wii bowling game get some moving again enjoying exercise and encourages them to do more. It is also good for getting people smiling and chatting with each other. Playing Wii games is becoming extremely popular in care homes.
The Wii has something for everybody. Many of the adult games are extremely active so they are also ideal for people who all already quite fit. They can help you to spend more time exercising and be used to build up stamina levels.