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We’ve known for a long time that there are benefits to gaming, like how it helps build visual-spacial and problem-solving skills, but a new study has suggested that being a gamer can help you burn fat too.
The study – which admittedly was carried out by an esports platform called Stakester that allows users to win money and prizes by playing video games – found that male gamers burn a whopping 420 calories over a two-hour gaming session. That, according to Stakester, is the equivalent of doing 1000 sit-ups.
“We all know that competition increases our heart rate and most of us have experienced the ‘gaming sweat’ that happens when you’re searching for a last-minute goal in FIFA or in a tight spot in Warzone,” said Tom Fairey, CEO and founder of Stakester.
“It’s no surprise that this burns calories, but we we’re surprised to see just how many is burned during a two-hour session, it certainly beats doing 1000 sit ups,” he added.
For Stakester’s study, researchers tracked the heart rate and calorie burn of 50 gamers while they played FIFA and Warzone for two hours.
They found that male gamers burned an average of 210 calories per hour during an intense gaming session, which