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n International SportMed Journal - The impact of Wii Fit yoga training on flexibility and heart rate : original research article
Background : Flexibility training is an often overlooked, but nevertheless important component of overall fitness, health and athletic performance and is positively impacted by flexibility training. Emerging technologies, including the Wii Fit, offer an alternative to traditional flexibility training. To date however, no research has examined the impact of the flexibility component of the Wii Fit on upper and lower body flexibility.
Research question : The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of a four week Wii Fit yoga training session on flexibility and heart rate.
Type of study : A pre-test post-test control group design was used.
Methods : Healthy, moderately active participants (N = 32) were randomly assigned to either a training (N=14) or control (N=18) group, where the training group completed four weeks of Wii flexibility training and flexibility test practice, for three sessions a week. Flexibility was assessed for both the control group and training groups prior to and after the training sessions, using the sit and reach and shoulder flexibility tests.
Results : Significant improvements in both upper and lower body flexibility were noted for the Wii Fit users, while the control group showed no changes in flexibility over the testing period.
Conclusions : Data suggest that the flexibility training provided by the Wii Fit yoga exercises have a significant impact on upper and lower body flexibility, suggesting the Wii Fit can be effectively utilised as part of overall flexibility training.
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