Home-based active video games to promote weight loss during the postpartum period
Weight loss is a central issue for new mothers in the first year post partum. Although diet and exercise modification would work, the reality is the level of physical activity declines postpartum due to factors like decreased motivation, need for baby surveillance and lack of time. Keeping these challenges in mind, the study authors hypothesized that active video games (AVG) would be able to increase exercise while at the same time working around these challenges.
34 postpartum women were recruited, all between 3 – 12 months postpartum, and randomized into AVG and control groups for 40 days. Women in the AVG group were given a Wii console, Wii Fit Plus game and all necessary peripherals. Subjects in the AVG group played the game for 30 minutes a day while the control group participants were to continue their regular routine. The authors found the AVG group had improved physical fitness and decreased weight, BMI and fat mass compared to control. Although further studies are needed, the authors recommended AVG as a method for weight loss in the postpartum period. > From Tripette et al., Med Sci Sports Exerc 46 (2014) 472-478. All rights reserved to the American College of Sports Medicine.
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