Exergames May Help Improve Fitness in People With Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Exergames May Help Improve Fitness in People With Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests
Fibromyalgia patients may improve their cardio fitness and reap strength benefits from video game-based workout regimens, or so-called exergames, a study suggests. However, maintaining these regimens and/or making lifestyle choices is probably necessary for these effects to be long-term, the researchers said. The findings were published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, in a study titled "Effect of Exergame Training and Detraining on Lower-Body Strength, Agility, and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Women with Fibromyalgia: Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial." Among its many health benefits, regular physical exercise can help lessen pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM), and is considered a powerful non-pharmacological method for treating the condition. "Exercise has the largest body of supporting evidence among all non-pharmacological therapies for its role in the reduction of symptoms associated with FM," the researchers wrote. Exergames combine virtual reality-based video games with exercises, and can help people stick to exercise routines by making them fun. The particular exergame evaluated in this study, VirtualEx-FM, has previously been shown to
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