17 Mar All to play for: Five reasons why the gamification of sports is the future
Gamification is one of the biggest up-and-coming trends of the sports industry at the moment. Sport and fitness games are built on the premise of getting fit by having fun. These interactive games require the user to apply full-body motion to participate in technology-driven physical activities.
The concept behind „Exergaming“ takes the passion for gaming and turns what was once considered a sedentary behavior into a potentially more active and healthy activity.
Physical gaming has the potential to combat modern society’s lack of physical activity
Maintain a healthy lifestyle and making exercise part of our daily routine isn’t the easiest task in our increasingly digital world. Exergaming has emerged as a great gateway to achieve more physical activity and bring the benefits of technology-enabled sports to younger generations.
According to the Word Health Organisation children and adolescents around the world are not active enough. Products that successfully capture the interest of youngsters for sports and exercise such as exergaming devices can be a tool to combat this worrisome lack of physical activity.
Five benefits of combining physical activity and digital gameplay
1. Motivation and Performance
Exergaming boosts training motivation and performance as players are focused on the gameplay while performing sports or fitness workouts.
2. Train body and brain at the same time
It trains physical and cognitive skills at the same time. This multidimensional stimulation of body and brain is especially valuable for kids’ development.
3. Social Interaction
Gamification allows for social interaction as multiple players can participate at one time and compete on worldwide leaderboards.
4. Boost overall well-being
Exergaming is an essential component to an active and healthy lifestyle. Considering that human life is based on an inseparable physical-cognitive interplay, combined physical-cognitive training through exergames is a promising approach to boost mental and physical health as well as overall well-being.
5. The Fun Factor
Exergaming enhances enjoyment of exercise by infusing workouts with the joy of play.
Our interactive MultiBall system offers a wide range of games for any skill level improving coordination, mental and physical activity. Especially kids benefit from developing cognitive and physical skills at the same time while also burning off excess energy and having a great time.