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Playing Call of Duty Equivalent to a Gentle Walk Based on Heart Rate Increase, Study Finds

You might not think there’s much physical activity involved in gaming, but a recent study conducted by BonusFinder suggests otherwise. In fact, research shows that certain titles can increase heart rate as much as walking for the same amount of time.

If the insane graphics and booming audio aren’t enough to get you gaming, the chance to improve cardio health should be! Keep reading to find out more on the study and its findings.

Study Findings on CoD & Heart Rate

In this study, experienced gamers were fitted up to a personal heart monitor and asked to play stress-inducing games like Call of Duty. The main goal of the team was to test gamers to find out which are the most intense games on the market.

The results showed that certain games have the ability to raise beats per minute in the same way that walking would. “Playing Call of Duty for half an hour can result in up to a 30 percent increase in heart rate,” according to

More specifically, they found that playing the war game elevated pulse by an average of 19 beats per minute (BPM), raising the average resting heart rate from 64 BPM to 83 BPM. This increase is equivalent to almost half the target increase when exercising. In other words, it’s physically equal to going for a gentle walk.

According to Fintan Costello, Managing Director at BonusFinder, “The heart rates among the Call of Duty fans are going through the roof this October as the gaming community waits for the new game’s release on the 28th.”

Considering the game’s ability to keep people on the edge of their seats, it’s no wonder why it has such a strong following.

The study also found that certain games can have the opposite effect by lowering average BPM. A few of the games tested decreased average heart rates by 5%, including Animal Crossing, The Sims, or Skyrim. If you want to lower stress and chill out, then consider playing one of these titles.

More Exciting Game Titles to Increase Heart Rate

Some of the most stressful games – AKA the most exciting ones – mimic physical activity and pulse increases that come along with it. CoD is just one of them, here are a few more:

  • Mario Kart
  • Fortnite
  • FIFA
  • Dark Souls

Get Ready for Modern Warfare II

Gaming fanatics have long awaited the release of Modern Warfare II, and the wait is almost over. It will be available starting October 28, 2022. The game has been developed mainly by Infinity Ward, but rumours say that 10 more studios have collaborated to make this title even more epic than its predecessors.

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