For some, getting exercise through video games is a dream come true. The Wii has allowed gamers to play virtual sports and get active. Take this quiz to find out how effective it really is.
According to Mickey DeLorenzo's self-directed Wii weight loss study, boxing can burn the most calories at about 500 calories per hour when played at full intensity.
The Wii Fit -- complete with balance board, which measures a player's weight and Body Mass Index, and Wii controller -- features a suite of games that focuses on aerobics, yoga, balance and muscle conditioning.
A small study of 13 children conducted in February 2007 by a professor at Liverpool John Moores University in Britain found that adolescent participants burn about 150 calories per hour playing Wii.
Tracking his results online, DeLorenzo reported that he lost 9 pounds (4 kilograms) and 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) from his waist just by integrating a half hour of Wii activity every day -- no dieting or additional exercise included.
In 2006, before the U.S. release of the Wii console, the Mayo Clinic found that physically active games burn three to five times more calories than sedentary ones.
Virtual bowling almost matches the calories burned in real life, with Wii bowling burning around 208 calories per hour and the bowling alley with around 219 calories.
Entitled "Comparison of energy expenditure in adolescents playing new generation computer games," the study, published in the December 2007 issue of the British Medical Journal, revealed that while Wii Sports games resulted in "significantly greater" energy expenditures compared to inactive video games, the overall differences were negligible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a "moderate amount of daily physical activity" every day. Against this standard, putting your all into Wii Sports like boxing and tennis for 20 minutes or so should fit the bill.
Kuchera created his own video game experiment, playing Dance Dance Revolution, EyeToy, Yourself Fitness and Wii video games. Using a combination of the four games for a half hour each day, along with improving his eating habits, Kuchera dropped 20 pounds (9 kilograms) in two months.
In February 2007, a small study of 13 children, conducted by a professor at Liverpool John Moores University in Britain, found that with an average weekly playing time of 12.2 hours, children could burn a maximum of 1,830 extra calories per week.