Since the Wii’s release in 2006, the idea of combining fitness with video games began to grow. The Wii Sports Experiment piqued the interests of those curious of the Wii’s fitness potential. Since then, several fitness titles for the Wii have been released. Even before the Wii, Dance Dance Revolution was seen as a clever tool to combat childhood obesity. Now it seems that the Navy may incorporate video games into their intense boot camp with games similar to Wii Fit and Dance Dance Revolution.
Recruits in recent years seem to need more work in becoming physically fit which isn’t surprising. The Age of Information also comes with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle; the youth of today would rather play video games or watch television inside than play sports or work outside. Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Adam Robinson believes that the lack of interest in physical activity is “a manifestation of physical education in the schools systems in America.”
Though the idea of video games in the Navy is interesting, the Navy isn’t planning on creating a virtual boot camp. Rather, it will blend video game fitness in with the regular routine in order for recruits to get in shape more quickly. Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Adam Robinson stated in the Navy Times: “There are lots of programs now that people can [use to] become very physically active while they’re using interactive computer games… this isn’t about [starting] with computers and stopping [everything else]… This is about incorporating those types of activities into something that people can use to become more physically active.”
For now, the Navy is only considering this new addition to the routine. Planning is in its early stages, and there is no specified schedule addressing when video games will be incorporated into boot camp.
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