One of the UK’s leading sports multivitamin companies is offering four people £500 each to complete video game workouts everyday for a month, in a bid to discover how effective exergaming is. Candidates must workout via a variety of games, including Ring Fit Adventure, Just Dance 2020 and Zumba Burn It Up on the Nintendo Switch while keeping a detailed health and wellbeing diary recording their weight and energy levels. The study comes after a survey revealed almost half (48%) of Brits have taken up virtual exercise while in lockdown.
A leading sports multivitamin company is looking to recruit four members of the public to play activity-led video games everyday for a month, in order to assess how effective exergaming is.
Successful applicants will be paid £500 each by Lyvit over the course of one month to spend an hour each day playing games such as Ring Fit Adventure and Just Dance 2020 on the Nintendo Switch. The chosen applicants will be required to keep a detailed health and wellbeing diary, monitoring their weight, mood and energy levels throughout the study.
Members of the public interested in participating can apply here: https://lyvit.co.uk/career/exergamer
Participants will be provided a Nintendo Switch and four games: Ring Fit Adventure, Just Dance 2020, Zumba Burn It Up and Arms by Lyvit, and will be required to exercise via a game everyday for one hour, over four consecutive weeks. At the end of each week they will need to submit their diary, which will detail their mood and energy levels, as well as their weight. In addition, applicants will be asked to continue eating their normal diet.
Lyvit decided to recruit testers after a survey of 2,100 members of the British public discovered almost half (48%) of British adults have participated in some sort of ‘virtual exercise’ over the last two months.
Applicants are required to have a BMI between 25 and 29, must be aged between 18 and 65 years old, and have no underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis or heart disease. Lyvit is recruiting two females and two males. The deadline for applications is the 29th May.
Exergaming is active video gaming that requires physical movements to play, and often uses motion tracking technology to assess a player’s movements. Examples include dance mats, Wii Fit and Pokémon Go. A study in 2014 discovered that energy expenditure levels were up to 300% above resting levels in exergamers*, and research has shown that exergaming is effective in boosting motivation and enjoyment whilst exercising**.
With two capsules containing all the vital vitamins athletes need, Lyvit is a source of nourishment for pre-and-post exercise in every form. Advocated by world champion athletes, and formulated by leading nutritionists, the 22 complex vitamins and minerals help with focus, energy and recovery, keeping athletes on track to achieve their goals. Lyvit is vegan and vegetarian friendly and has been tested and certified by Informed Sport.
Lyvit.co.uk’s founders said,
“Exergaming is a relatively unheard of term, but you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t participated in it in one way or another. The exergame that most will be aware of is the Wii Fit, which took the gaming world by storm in 2006. Now the industry has evolved to offer more sophisticated games and consoles, and with the current lockdown measures on limited outdoor activity and gym closures, it would seem exergaming is making a come-back.
“As a sports supplement brand, we’re interested to see what sort of impact exergaming really has on overall health, wellbeing and fitness levels. It’s not an area that has been subjected to much research, and with the current climate, now seems to be the perfect time to do some investigating. We’re really looking to recruit average members of the British public, so if you think you’d enjoy jumping around in front of your telly for an hour a day, please apply!”