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WKYT Reality Check: Fitness gaming

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Video games have had a bad reputation over the years. Health experts claim they contribute to sedentary lifestyles, and can be factors of childhood obesity.

In a WKYT Reality Check, we take a look at how some games could be considered healthy choices.

"Video games do have a negative stigma attached to them, and in fact the bulk of the research that we've seen, psychology, communication, other fields has suggested there's negative affects," explains University of Kentucky professor Dr. Anthony Limperos. Dr. Limperos is taking a closer look at the stereotypes weighing down the gaming industry.

"Exercise games more than any other type of video game available are actually healthy to play so you're actually up, you're moving around, it's different than the sedentary button pushing that we're used to."

The UK professor is looking at the social aspects of gaming - can they teach you how to exercise? Do they keep you active? What is it about the games that keep you playing?

"In the short term the research that I've done has shown that games can keep people motivated toward continuing playing, actually exercising outside the gaming environment."

Dr. Limperos says a lot of the exercise games teach good health habits.

"These systems if you have them playing the right games do have the potential to be something that is pro-social or positive for us."

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