17 Jan '12, 9pm

Wii workout better for elderly: Study: Retirees could enjoy greater benefits from a Wii workout rather than goin...

Retirees could enjoy greater benefits from a Wii workout rather than going for a walk, a study in the United States has suggested. Researchers from New York's Union College claim playing with "exergames" such as Nintendo's Wii Fit, which combine exercise with interactive video-game features, slows mental as well as physical decline in older users if done two to three times a week for three months. Only 14 per cent of adults aged 65-74 years old, and only 7 per cent of those over 75, exercise regularly. It is hoped that exergames could increase the frequency that people exercise by shifting attention from negative aspects toward motivating features such as competition. The results of the two-year study, which got 101 elderly volunteers to regularly "cybercycle" at home, were published on Monday in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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