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Title: Gaming instead of training? : exergaming induces high-intensity exercise stimulus and reduces cardiovascular reactivity to cold pressor test
Author(s): Ketelhut, Sascha
Ketelhut, Reinhard G.
Kircher, Eva
Röglin, Lisa
Hottenrott, Kuno
Martin-Niedecken, Anna Lisa
Ketelhut, Kerstin
Issue Date: 2022
Type: Article
Language: English
Abstract: Introduction: The present study assessed if an exercise session in an innovative exergame can modulate hemodynamic reactivity to a cold pressor test (CPT) to a similar extent as a typical moderate endurance training (ET). Furthermore, cardiorespiratory, and affective responses of an exergame session and an ET were compared. Methods: Twenty-seven healthy participants aged 25 ± 4 years (48% female; BMI 23.0 ± 2.1 kg/m2) participated in this cross-sectional study. All participants completed both an ET on a treadmill and training in the ExerCube (ECT). HR and oxygen consumption were recorded during both training sessions. Before and after both exercise sessions, the hemodynamic reactivity to a CPT was determined. Results: During ECT, HR, oxygen consumption, energy expenditure, and the metabolic equivalent of the task were significantly higher than those obtained during ET (p < 0.001). With regard to the CPT, the participants showed significantly lower responses in peripheral systolic (p = 0.004) and diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.009) as well as central systolic (p = 0.002) and diastolic BP (P = 0.01) after ECT compared to ET. The same was true for pulse wave velocity (p = 0.039). Conclusion: The ECT induced a significantly higher exercise stimulus compared to the ET. At the same time, it attenuated hemodynamic stress reactivity. The ECT presents a relevant training stimulus that modulates cardiovascular reactivity to stress, which has been proven as a predictor for the development of hypertension. Trial Registration: ISRCTN registry, ISRCTN43067716, 14 April 2020, Trial number: 38154.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0(CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Sponsor/Funder: Publikationsfonds MLU
Journal Title: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Publisher Place: Lausanne
Volume: 9
Original Publication: 10.3389/fcvm.2022.798149
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