The Edmonton Journal reports that a Canadian educator has undertaken an experiment to answer an intriguing question: Can video game-based exercise be as good as the real thing? Greg Chin, a science and physical education teacher at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, decided to find out. He took his Grade 8 students to the gym recently, where they compared heart rates from regular exercise against simulated activities on the Nintendo Wii video-game system. Chin says early results from the test are unexpected. Students ages 13 to 15 should be getting their heart rates up to around 180 beats per minute, he says.

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