Exercise has been seen as a valuable addition to our lives not only because it promotes physical health, but because it keeps our mental health. The question of whether outdoor exercise or virtual reality exercise is better. Read on.
The February 2006 issue of the International Journal of Stress Management carries a report of just such a study. Evaluating the results from 112 psychology students who were put in one of three situations: taking a brisk outdoor walk, walking on a laboratory treadmill while viewing a virtual reality video of the same outdoor walk or viewing the video without exercise. The psychologists measured mood and “enjoyment” measures before and after the trials and guess what they found?
The students who were on the laboratory treadmill with the virtual reality video were more relaxed and “experienced the least tension of the three conditions”. So, it seems that indoor exercise with a component that provides a bit of the great outdoors is beneficial to your mental and physical health.