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Publication Date

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

Advisor

Peggy Plato

Subject Areas

Kinesiology

Abstract

This study investigated whether the basic Nintendo Wii Fit aerobic games elicit

sufficient intensity for the improvement and maintenance of cardiorespiratory fitness.

Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses while playing three trials of the beginner

Nintendo Wii Fit aerobic games, Basic Hula Hoop, Basic Step, and Basic Run, were

measured in 20 young adults (9 men aged 23.8 ± 3.3 years and 11 women aged 24.5 ± 2.1

years). Intensity during the Nintendo Wii Fit aerobic game-play protocol averaged 37%

of heart rate reserve (HRR), 10 for rating of perceived exertion (RPE), 3.4 metabolic

equivalents (METS), and 131 kcal estimated energy expenditure over 30 min. For

maintenance and improvement of cardiorespiratory fitness, the American College of

Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a minimal exercise intensity of 40/50% HRR and

an RPE of 12. To receive health benefits, ACSM recommends exercising at a minimum

intensity of 3 METS and expending a daily minimum of 150 kcals per exercise session.

Out of the four metabolic variables measured, METS was the only variable that

met ACSM recommendations for improving health and fitness. It was concluded that the

basic Nintendo Wii Fit aerobic games may improve health and aid in weight loss, but

they will not maintain or improve cardiovascular fitness in healthy, young adults.

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