Navigation Links
Virtual workout partners spur better results
Date:5/18/2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. Can't find anyone to exercise with? Don't despair: New research from Michigan State University reveals working out with a virtual partner improves motivation during exercise.

The study led by Deborah Feltz, chairperson of MSU's Department of Kinesiology, is the first to investigate the Kohler effect on motivation in health video games; that phenomenon explains why inferior team members perform better in a group than they would by themselves.

The research, to be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, was funded by a $150,000 grant from Health Games Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio.

"Our results suggest working out with virtually present, superior partners can improve motivation on exercise game tasks," Feltz said. "These findings provide a starting point to test additional features that have the potential to improve motivational gains in health video games."

By incorporating design features based on the Kohler effect, health video games could motivate vigorous exercise, she added.

"One of the key hurdles people cite in not working out is a lack of motivation," Feltz said. "Research has shown working out with a partner increases motivation, and with a virtual partner, you are removing the social anxiety that some people feel working out in public."

As part of the study, Feltz and her research team used the Eye Toy camera and PlayStation 2 to measure if a virtual partner motivated people to exercise harder, longer or more frequently. A plank exercise (which strengthens a person's core abdominal muscles) was used for nearly all 200 participants.

Participants performed the first series of five exercises alone holding each position for as long as they could. After a rest period, they were told they would do the remaining trials with a same-sex virtual partner whom they could observe during their performance. The partner's performance was manipulated to be always superior to the participant's.

Results showed that task persistence was significantly greater in all experimental conditions; those who exercised with a more-capable virtual partner performed the exercise 24 percent longer than those without.

"The fact that this effect was found with a virtual partner overcomes some of the practical obstacles of finding an optimally-matched partner to exercise with at a particular location," Feltz said.

Also, researchers have found live exercise partners are not always the most helpful.

"Individuals can become discouraged if they believe they can never keep up with their partner, or on the other hand, become bored if their partner is always slower," Feltz said. "With a virtual partner, this can be addressed."


'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Cody
codyja@msu.edu
517-432-0924
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Virtual Global Highlights Top Ten Misconceptions about Cloud Computing
2. Virtual reality and other technologies offer hope
3. New Virtual Program for Parents of Children with ADD / ADHD
4. Virtually Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot: CDC
5. President Obama Gets Virtual Colonoscopy (CT Colonography) But Medicare Denies CTC Coverage to Seniors
6. CT and MRI Images Now Seen in a 3D Virtual Reality World
7. Virtual Dental Home to Provide Care to Underserved Communities in California
8. First Virtual Optical Store Serves Military Personnel
9. China VoIP & Digital Telecom Subsidiary, Beijing PowerUnique Technologies, Wins Virtualization Project Bid for Peking Universitys Third Hospital
10. Virtual colonoscopy allows detection of unsuspected cancers beyond colon
11. Virtual Colonoscopy Catches Cancers Outside the Colon
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Virtual workout partners spur better results
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN), the leading ... as a fiber transport provider. IFN provided Lake City Bank with network services ... , “IFN provides fiber transport to Lake City Bank, which includes protected ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Today Omega Institute, a leading destination for yoga education in ... opportunities in the growing field of yoga therapy . Yoga therapy adapts ... specific health issues—including injuries, illnesses, and temporary or chronic health conditions. , “Yoga therapy ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Afrimesure specializes ... medical and pharmaceutical, to food and HVAC facilities. Their knowledgeable staff also takes ... , For medical applications, Afrimesure offers a variety of MadgeTech systems available for ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Pittsburgh, Pa. (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... announced today that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate ... , The Fellowship will enable Ms. Reichbaum and 24 other advocates from around the ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Researchers from SUNY State College of Optometry ... work on visual evoked potential and human attention. The article, VEP and Human ... Diopsys® NOVA™ ERG and VEP Vision Testing System (Diopsys, Inc., Pine Brook, NJ) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Een app die ... zij collectief patiënten kunnen behandelen, hun kennis kunnen delen ... achter de nieuwe en revolutionaire MDLinking App, ontwikkeld door ... vaatchirurg dr. Hans Flu en oncologisch chirurg dr. ... beschikbaar is, wordt op dinsdag 24 mei officieel gepresenteerd ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 Transparency Market ... Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... According to the report, the exocrine pancreatic insufficiency market ... from 2015 to 2023 to reach US$2.85 Bn by ... condition characterized by the deficiency of the exocrine pancreatic ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Non-invasive diagnostic test ... multiple diseases; ,Technology to be presented at Yissum’s booth, ... Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ... agreement with Aurum Ventures MKI, the technology investment arm of ... new diagnostic approach for early detection of multiple diseases ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: