Do Video Games Really Count As Exercise?

Can walking around catching Pokémon really be considered exercise? What about different consoles? Can you plug one in and skip the gym?

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Gotta catch’em all! Pokémon GO and physical activity among young adults: difference in differences study
http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6270
“Games that incentivise exercise might have the potential to promote and sustain physical activity habits. Because walking is encouraged while playing, Pokémon GO has been suggested to increase physical activity and improve public health, but these claims have been based on anecdotal evidence.”

How Many Steps a Day Should You Really Walk?
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/06/how-many-steps-a-day-really-walk.html
“If you pluck someone off the street, whether in New York or Wichita or Seattle or Sacramento, and ask them how many steps people should aim for per day in order to get enough physical activity, they’ll probably tell you 10,000.”

Using Avatars to Model Weight Loss Behaviors: Participant Attitudes and Technology Development
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3879772/
“Virtual reality and other avatar-based technologies are potential methods for demonstrating and modeling weight loss behaviors. This study examined avatar-based technology as a tool for modeling weight loss behaviors.”

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