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The effect of using virtual reality equipment on people's motivation to exercise

Li, Shikuan (2021) The effect of using virtual reality equipment on people's motivation to exercise.

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Abstract:During the Covid-19 situation, many countries imposed various prohibitions and curfews, which caused students to spend more time on online education than usual. Their physical activity level has dropped significantly, which means they are remarkably lacking exercise [19]. Long-term lack of exercise will have adverse effects on our mental health, such as anxiety and depression. [23, 30]. Studies have pointed out that HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) can promote mental health while enhancing people's cardiorespiratory abilities [3]. Also, students can efficiently perform it in their rooms as this exercise method is not restricted by the venue [27]. More importantly, research shows that using virtual reality for HIIT training can help people get better exercise results [11]. Thus, this study focuses on how VR equipment affects university students' motivation to exercise and willingness to maintain a good physical condition compared with traditional HIIT. In this experiment, participants were divided into two groups and performed fitness exercise under different conditions. One group made HIIT exercises with the help of VR equipment, and the other group took HIIT exercises without using VR. After the experiment, we measured participants' motivation to exercise in different exercise modes through the sport motivation scale and questionnaire. The results show that people who use VR equipment to take exercise show higher motivation to exercise. Moreover, the study also found that using VR for exercise can make people spend more time exercising.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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