Run from the zombies
How video games might be changing the way we exercise
- By: David M Smith
Imagine running for your life—the sound of your feet as they hit the pavement. You can hear something groaning behind you. It’s close. You look over your shoulder and a zombie is hot on your heels. A hand reaches out to grab you. You run faster. Your heart is racing, sweat is dripping from your brow, and you’re struggling to catch your breath. Does this sound like fun?
Across the UK and abroad people are basing their exercise routines around apps, games, and activities all associated with the zombie apocalypse phenomenon. Should future doctors start considering how some of these novel methods of exercise might be used to influence the promotion of health?
For the overweight, sedentary patient, it’s all too easy to recommend going to the gym or walking. GPs have done so for many years. But with the rise in video games and mobile gaming, it seems as