A Game-Based Approach to Lower Blood Pressure? Comparing Acute Hemodynamic Responses to Endurance Exercise and Exergaming: A Randomized Crossover Trial

Kircher, Eva; Ketelhut, Sascha; Ketelhut, Kerstin; Röglin, Lisa; Hottenrott, Kuno; Martin-Niedecken, Anna Lisa; Ketelhut, Reinhard G. (2022). A Game-Based Approach to Lower Blood Pressure? Comparing Acute Hemodynamic Responses to Endurance Exercise and Exergaming: A Randomized Crossover Trial. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(3) MDPI 10.3390/ijerph19031349

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The present randomized crossover study aimed to determine whether an exergaming session in an innovative, functional fitness game could be an effective exercise approach that elicits favorable blood pressure (BP) responses, such as a typical moderate endurance exercise (ET). Therefore, acute hemodynamic responses after a training session in the ExerCube and an ET on a treadmill were assessed and compared. Twenty-eight healthy recreational active participants (13 women; aged 24.8 ± 3.9 years) completed an exergaming session (EX) and an ET in a randomized and counterbalanced order. Before and throughout the 45 min after the training, the peripheral and central BP were measured. After the ET, there was a moderate decrease in both peripheral systolic (−1.8 mmHg; p = 0.14) and diastolic (−0.8 mmHg; p = 0.003), as well as central diastolic (−1.5 mmHg; p = 0.006) pressure compared to the resting value before the exercise. After the EX, there was a significant decrease in peripheral systolic (−6.3 mmHg; p < 0.001) and diastolic (−4.8 mmHg; p < 0.001), as well as central systolic (−5.8 mmHg; p < 0.001) and diastolic (−5.3 mmHg; p < 0.001) pressure compared to baseline. The interaction effects showed significant differences in peripheral and central systolic BP as well as in peripheral diastolic BP (p = 0.05). The EX seems to be an effective training approach that triggers relevant peripheral and central BP-responses, which are more pronounced than after a typical ET. Therefore, the ExerCube can be a time-efficient training tool to improve cardiovascular health.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Health Science

UniBE Contributor:

Ketelhut, Sascha Ingemar

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1660-4601

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

27 Sep 2022 10:01

Last Modified:

27 Sep 2022 10:12

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/ijerph19031349

PubMed ID:

35162372

Uncontrolled Keywords:

exergaming; hemodynamics; peripheral blood pressure; central blood pressure; post-exercise hypotension; moderate endurance training

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/173289

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/173289

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