Activities We Wish Counted as a Workout

Playing Video Games 1 of 9

Video game workouts would be awesome. And we're not talking the pseudo-exercise games like the Kinect and Wii offer. We're talkin' old school, sit-on-your-butt video games. Realistically, all that button pushing and moving around the controller is a major workout for your thumbs! That has to burn a few calories, right?

Add in the heart-pounding excitement when you're facing a huge monster or barely passing a super-tough level, and you're sure to get at least a little cardio out of the deal. Bonus points if you're the kind of gamer that moves the controller in a big arc when you're trying to jump over a crater-sized hole--it's practically proven that it helps, and you're adding more muscle movement to boot.

  • 65% of American households play video games.
  • 49% are between the ages of 18 and 49.
  • The average gamer spends about 18 hours per week playing video games.