Xbox Kinect™ represents high intensity exercise for adults with cystic fibrosis

J Cyst Fibros. 2013 Dec;12(6):604-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2013.05.005. Epub 2013 Jun 7.


Background: Exercise is important for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Interactive gaming consoles are a new trend in exercise. This study sought to determine the exercise intensity of training using the Xbox Kinect(™).

Methods: Participants with CF completed two sessions separated by ≤10 days. The first session involved a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) to measure peak exercise capacity. The second session involved 20 min of exercise using the Xbox Kinect™.

Results: Ten participants (median [interquartile range] FEV1 58 [46]%, 29 [6] years, 6 males) completed the study. The average heart rate over the final 10 min of exercise using the Xbox Kinect™, expressed as a percentage of the peak heart rate achieved on the CPET, was 86% (95% confidence interval, 81 to 92%).

Conclusions: Training using the Xbox Kinect™ represents high intensity exercise for adults with CF and may be a suitable alternative to conventional exercise modalities.

Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Exercise; Interactive gaming console.

Publication types

  • Observational Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cystic Fibrosis / physiopathology
  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Observational Studies as Topic
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Video Games*
  • Young Adult