This Article is About
childhood obesity epidemic
abdominal exercise
exercisers
real person
large group
chairperson
workout
Can Your Workout Be Cooler Thanks To The Kohler Effect?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

New research performed by the MSU Department of Kiniesology and funded by a grant from Health Games Research has shown that working out with a virtual partner may provide better motivation for exercise than even working with another real person. Deborah Feltz is the chairperson of that department and her team was the first to extensively study the Kohler effect on motivation particularly during what are deemed “healthy” video games. The games were originally marketed to increase the exercise of children in the light of the childhood obesity epidemic in the country. But, adults soon found out that they were a great way to get the exercise that they needed as well.

The Kohler effect is described as a naturally occurring phenomena in people who exercise. When a person is working out in a large group they will either follow someone who is slightly better than themselves and strive to equal their performance, or they will stick to a person who is not as capable and therefore not get as much of a workout. With the healthy video games, the virtual partner can be adapted and adjusted to enhance the performance. The goal will be to keep the performance of the virtual partner as better than the exerciser but not so much that the person will be discouraged and will keep striving for that level of fitness.

The study was completed with 200 participants who did several series of five exercises, all monitored by the Eye toy Camera and following the direction on a PlayStation 2. During the first round of the exercises, which included the plank, an intense, abdominal exercise, all of the participants in the study were asked to work out alone. In the following rounds, the exercisers were all told that they would be working out with a virtual partner that they could see and monitor while performing the actions. For each set, the exercisers were asked to hold each position for as long as they possibly could then allowed to rest before going on to the next set.

In the study, the computer generated partner was created to always do better than the exerciser. The results showed that all results were improved by over twenty percent when working with the virtual partner. Working out with a live partner did not yield such positive results however, especially when the person was greatly superior or much slower than the exerciser.

Motivation, or rather, a lack of motivation, is often the number one reason that people give for not exercising even when they accept that they need to do so. A second reason that is often given is a lack of confidence which keeps people from enjoying group exercise, particularly in a gym or health club setting. Using the health video games at home can eliminate that problem.

These findings are going to be used to improve the performance of the health games that are currently being sold as well as new ones that are being developed. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which provided the grant money for the research is funding additional research in this field, with around ten million dollars to be doled out for continued research in this field.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
The Childhood Obesity Epidemic
The obesity epidemic is rampant in America. We all know that. But, what are we really doing to change it. I mean, really change it? I'm not seeing any positive changes. I'm not seeing any medical organizations making a big push to curb this catastrophe. I'm not seeing the school…
By: Dr Becky Spacke in  Health and Fitness  >  Diabetes   Apr 26, 2012  
27
  Likes: 6

Attention! How to Succeed In the Growing Childhood Obesity Epidemic!
Did you know your children could die...way before they should? It's a terrible fact, but it is true. And it's not your fault! The Center for Disease Control stated that this younger generation is facing a shorter life expectancy than ever before. The reason - obesity and weight issues. Let's…
By: Peter Carter in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   Aug 23, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Attention! How to Fight the Growing Childhood Obesity Epidemic!
Your children could be dying way before they should. It is a true fact - a terrible one, but a true one. The childhood obesity epidemic is real! And it may not be your fault. The Center for Disease Control has stated that our younger generation is now facing a…
By: Peter Carter in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   Aug 23, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Are School Breakfasts Contributing to the Childhood Obesity Epidemic?
There is a debate over whether school breakfasts, served in the classroom of a number of schools is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic or not. A number of school districts have cited a number of different positives since beginning the program, including better attendance rates, healthier foods being eaten…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   May 07, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Georgia Childhood Obesity Prevention Ad Campaign Stirs Controversy: Are the Ads Equal to Bullying?
The childhood obesity epidemic keeps worsening across the United States. Mississippi has the dubious honor of being the state with the highest child obesity rate but Georgia is not far behind it. An estimated forty percent of the children in the state are either overweight or obese according to the…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   Jan 05, 2012  
1
  Likes: 0

What Could Be Better Than A Bike? - Why A Zike!
Just how many different ways are there for kids to get around on two wheels? Well, as of very recently, there is one more. Not only is it a really cool concept, it has a great catchy name as well.Have you discovered the Zike yet? No - well then you…
By: Jay Essvee in  Shopping and Product Reviews  >  Toys   Oct 26, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Wal Mart Wades Into the Nutritional Labeling Waters: Great for You Label May Extend to Other Product Lines Soon
Whole Foods, the high end, whole foods grocery store started its labeling campaign "Health Starts Here" two years ago. In addition to offering free information about food choices and recipes to cook for families, the store held in house events that were meant to introduce new foods and concepts to…
By: amie nogrady in  Business  >  Marketing   Feb 11, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Parents: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity for Good!
Dear Parents the Childhood obesity epidemic is on the rise. That's why it's a great idea to start your children on a very sensible nutritional program that balances fitness, family, fun and work. Why wait and see if your child will acquire diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease...and try…
By: Peter Carter in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   Aug 18, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil
In this blog post, I will be explaining about canola oil. short, Yes, it's true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but "healthy". I will also be teaching you about canola oil I will also teach you important note on…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Must - know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements
Must-Know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements One of the top things that you need to make sure that you’re doing as you go about your weight-loss program is setting your calorie intake up properly. Those who don’t use the proper calorie intake are never going to see results, or…
By: Colin3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Simple Steps to Remove Visceral Belly Fat (the Deadliest Type)
If you are looking for a natural and easy way to lose weight and melt the visceral belly fat, you have come to the right place! More scientific studies and research have now shown that coconut oil not only burns visceral belly fat , but it also improves metabolic markers…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Buy Xenical Uk, A Weight Loss Pill, To Reduce Your Risk Of Disorders
When you are overweight or obese, your risk of developing a health disorder dramatically increases. In order to remove yourself from the danger zone, you need to change your lifestyle. At first, the battle with your weight will be a tough one. You may find yourself incapable of losing weight…
By: Joe Gardiner in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Buy Weight Loss Pills And Diet Pills
In this article, I will be explaining how to buy weight Loss Pills Safely . In short, It’s a good idea before buying any weight loss pills to check them out on the internet or talk to your pharmacist, try and stick with reputable or the more well known brands…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Fast, Efficient Muscle Fitness: High Intensity Strength Training for Bulk Or Toning
Perhaps fitness is something you truly desire but have yet to truly achieve. It may be that you want to dedicate yourself to regular, vigorous exercise, but simply cannot find sufficient time in your schedule to spend doing lengthy workout routines. The result might be that you have been left…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Weight Training For Women
If you look at fitness magazines for women you will find a lot of suggestions for cardio routines, articles on toning certain body parts, and strength training using light dumbbells. The truth is that weight training for women should be just as men for full body health and fitness. Unfortunately…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 03, 2016  
2
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1880    Report this Article