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Increase Physical Fitness and Create Health Awareness through Exergames and Gamification

The Role of Individual Factors, Motivation and Acceptance
  • Philipp Brauner
  • André Calero Valdez
  • Ulrik Schroeder
  • Martina Ziefle
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7946)

Abstract

Demographic change and the aging population push health and welfare system to its limits. Increased physical fitness and increased awareness for health issues will help elderly to live independently for longer and will thereby reduce the costs in the health care system. Exergames seem to be a promising solution for promoting physical fitness. Still, there is little evidence under what conditions Exergames will be accepted and used by elderly. To investigate promoting and hindering factors we conducted a user study with a prototype of an Exergame. We contrasted young vs. elderly players and investigated the role of gamer types, personality factors and technical expertise on the performance within the game and changes in the attitude towards individual health after the game. Surprisingly, performance within the game is not affected by performance motivation but by gamer type. More importantly, a universal positive effect on perceived pain is detected after the Exergame intervention.

Keywords

Exergame Health Awareness Design For All Gamer types Physical Fitness User Acceptance Gamification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Brauner
    • 1
  • André Calero Valdez
    • 1
  • Ulrik Schroeder
    • 2
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 1
  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
  2. 2.Computer-Supported Learning Research GroupRWTH Aachen UniversityGermany

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