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Video Games That Get You Moving

At OLOC we play the kinds of video games that get you off the couch. From our own experience -and the research- we know that a few games of Xbox Kinect can be beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

Across our range of GYM programs our residents have fun while they improve their fitness and function. This couldn’t be demonstrated any more clearly than by our Xbox Kinect, active games program.

We employ an active games program that entertains and engages residents while targeting key areas that unlock freedom of movement and function (like balance and fine motor movement) for improvement. Of course, any ongoing exercise helps to maintain and improve overall fitness and cardiovascular health.

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How does it work?
The Xbox Kinect requires you to mimic the real-life actions of a real-world game, be it serving a tennis ball, throwing a dart, or bowling a bowling ball. Built in to the XBox is a camera that follows the player’s movements and uses them as an input.

What does it do for players?
Setting aside the fact that videogames are a great hobby to share with grandchildren: the games we play offer the same physical and social benefits as their real-world counterparts; they allow residents to keep up with some of their favourite sports; offer residents the opportunity to work in teams and to exert themselves in a safe space.

How does it improve fitness and function?
Our approach to exercise and activity is to target areas of the body that when stretched, strengthened, or stimulated will improve our residents ability, mobility and function, that will help them to stay up, and active and prevent themselves from falling. Gaming with the Xbox Kinect has shown to increase a player’s:

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Reaction time
  • Accuracy
  • Visiospatial awareness
  • Cognitive function

How much fun can it be?
From its introduction five years ago the Xbox Kinect program has increased in popularity year on year. What started as a one-off tournament has grown so significantly in popularity that the GYM Team are now hosting four competitions a week.

Who can join a game?
While anyone can benefit from joining in an active game, sessions with the Xbox Kinect are of particular use to residents who would benefit from improving or maintaining their coordination, balance or cognitive function.