Can Exergames Increase Exercise Motivation?
Motivation and low adherence to exercise programs is a common problem with FM sufferers. Muscular pain could be the main deterrent when it comes to motivation to exercise. The VirtualEx-FM system combines virtual reality and exercise to effectively distract patients from pain that they incur which could make exergames a more attractive alternative to fibromyalgia patients.
This study did not examine motivation of the participants. It did deliver a social setting since participants used the exergames in groups of three, and research has shown that social networks are a highly effective method of motivating people to exercise. However, more research needs to be conducted to assess participant motivation.
This study is merely the first analysis of using an innovative virtual reality based exercise to improve the overall quality of life for those living with fibromyalgia. By addressing their specific exercise needs and providing an innovative new way to improve strength, balance, mobility, and reduce fear of falling, this could be the wave of the future as far as FM therapy is concerned.