Alternative Model for Physical Activity: Active Video Games Lead to High Physiological Responses

Aygun C., Cakir-Atabek H.

RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT, vol.93, no.3, pp.447-456, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 93 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02701367.2020.1864258
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, EMBASE, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MEDLINE, SportDiscus, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.447-456
  • Keywords: Exercise at home, exergaming, perceived exertion and enjoyment, sex differences, ENERGY-EXPENDITURE, BODY-COMPOSITION, TEACHING DANCE, YOUNG-ADULTS, WII FIT, INTENSITY, ENJOYMENT, EXERCISE, ADOLESCENTS, CHILDREN
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: No


Purpose: This study aimed to i) investigate the physiological and perceptual responses to two different active video games (AVGs), ii) compare the physiological and perceptual responses to AVGs with those encountered during classic exercise and daily sedentary routines, and iii) compare the examined variables between the sexes. Methods: Forty-three (n = 22 male, n = 21 female) volunteers participated in the study and were tested in five different conditions (resting, watching television (TV), brisk walking, AVG dancing, and AVG fighting). Oxygen consumption (VO2) and heart rate (HR) were measured continuously, whereas energy expenditure (EE) and metabolic equivalent (MET) were calculated. Rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and enjoyment scores were recorded. Results: AVG dancing and AVG fighting significantly increased VO2, MET, EE, and HR compared with brisk walking, resting, and watching TV. Comparing with brisk walking the AVG dancing yielded similar RPE and higher enjoyment scores. However, the highest physiological responses, RPE, and enjoyment scores were obtained during AVG fighting. There were significant sex x condition interactions for VO2, MET, EE, and HR. VO2, MET, and EE were significantly higher in males for all conditions, whereas HR was significantly higher in females. The mean EE values during AVG fighting and AVG dancing were 13.12 +/- 2.2 kcal.min(-1) and 9.69 +/- 2.0 kcal.min(-1), respectively in males, and 9.31 +/- 1.9 kcal.min(-1) and 7.07 +/- 1.3 kcal.min(-1), respectively in females. Conclusions: AVG dancing (MET >7) and AVG fighting (MET >9) are enjoyable, vigorous physical activities that can be recommended as an alternative home-based physical activity.