Are you tired of the same old exercise routine? Boring walks or repetitive weightlifting can be a drag, especially as we age. But fear not, because there’s a new trend in town that will get your blood pumping and your brain firing on all cylinders: VR exergaming, or “gamercising” as the cool kids call it.
This futuristic fitness craze works for any age… it combines virtual reality technology with gaming, providing a whole new world of physical and cognitive challenges. This innovative tool of exercise is a “one size fit all” as anyone can easily get into it. Virtual entertainment can be healthy and is accessible to more than just modern-day kids.
Studies have shown that VR exergaming can improve mental and physical well-being, including benefits for those with cognitive impairments. In fact, some experts are even using it as a tool for patients to exercise safely at home. It’s like having a personal trainer and virtual reality headset all in one!
Ryan Glatt, a personal trainer and board-certified health coach, is one of the pioneers in this field. He combines physical and cognitive exercises to help improve memory function in older adults, using everything from recumbent bikes and treadmills to VR headsets. According to Glatt, VR exergaming can improve executive function, cognition, balance, mood, and even walking speed. It’s like a mental and physical workout all rolled into one.
So, don’t let age hold you back from trying something new and exciting. Put on your VR headset, grab your controllers, and get ready to gamercise your way to a healthier brain!