Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2-15-2015

Journal / Book Title

Healthy Aging Research


Background: Heart rate is used as a health biomarker. This aim of this study was to investigate the effects of playing active video games on the heart rate of older adults, in comparison to the heart rate after common table recreational activity.

Methods: An experimental study with 40 participants was conducted: a control group (n=20) participated in common Pokeno® card games; an experimental group (n=20) played WiiTM bowling. The participants’ pre- and post-activity heart rates were measured and compared between and within groups using t-tests.

Results: The findings signified an 11.9% increase (p

Conclusions: The inclusion of active video games in older adults’ recreational activities can increase their daily activity level to bring long-term health benefits.



Published Citation

Hanel, D., Yeon Bai, and Shahla M. Wunderlich. "The effect of active video games on the heart rate of older adults." Healthy Aging Res 4, no. 10 (2015): 1-5.