Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exergames: Or As Freddie Mercury Might Sing "I Want to Ride My Bicycle"

Bike Race 1A company called CyberCycles sent me an advertisement recently. Normally I would resist promoting a product on our Blog, but I have to say that I enjoyed using these interactive cycles at university gyms while on my sabbatical, especially when avoiding the rains of Oregon and Northern Ireland. You could keep track of your results, compare them to other riders' times, and there were different "courses" for new challenges.  I became quite fond of the competitive circuits on the interactive programs and found myself riding just a bit harder every session.  (The photo here, howevver, is from a sunny day, watching the pros in Belfast.  Yes, there are sunny days in Northern Ireland!)

As it turns out, there is research to support use of such "exergames," not just for the bodies but the brains of  older adults, according to a study by the Healthy Aging and Neuropsychology Lab and Department of Psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. The article is "Exergaming and Older Adults Cognition: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial," by C. Anderson-Hanley and colleagues, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, February 2012.

So, CyberCycles, do you still have the scary Abominable Snowman ride? 

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