Want to be fit? Play online games!

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Online Games

Want to be fit? Play online games!
Many people think that vanishing boarder between real and virtual world may be very dangerous. That is probably true, but we must remember that every rule has its exceptions. Some time ago in USA has been created game that should helps people lose weight. Last research conducted by Indiana University shows that regular visits in virtual world of online game Second Life helps to lose weight in real life! Sounds impossible? To participate in the experiment were invited people with overweight and obesity in age between 30 and 50 years. They were separated in two groups, one was playing the game, second one was meeting in real life. After twelve weeks people from both of groups had lost about 4,5 kilograms. The were also similarity in theirs body mass index and body fat. The scientists believe that motivation and confidence built in game have positive influence on daily human life. What appeared, members of the online browser game Second Life made bigger progress in healthier diet and physical activity. Their colleagues from second group did not make so significant changes in any above-mentioned area. Except way of thinking, diet and exercise was analyzed lenght of sleep. By visualizing in virtual world real-world behaviour is easier to imagine the consequences of a particular behaviour, for example: if our virtual character will get fat because of eating to much, we would not do it in reality (otherwise we still will be overweight).
Virtual program was at least as effective as the so-called: program ‘face to face”. And in some ways was even better. Online game Second Life has potential to reach out to people who normally would never go to the gym or start a diet. It could be because of lack of the free time or complex of being too fat. What is interesting another American scientists have noticed that people exercises more intense, when instead of doing it alone, have company of avatar.