Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'

Regular visits to a health club in the online virtual world Second Life appear to help shed the pounds in real life, say exercise scientists.

Participants in two 12-week weight loss programmes - one real, and one online - lost similar amounts of weight. Indiana University researchers told a conference that confidence and motivation built in the virtual gym continued in normal life. A UK psychologist said mixing online and real world support might work best. Second Life, launched in 2003, allows individuals to create online personae and explore an online world, interacting with others.

Dr Jeanne Johnston, who led the study which was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Denver, worked in partnership with a Second Life interactive weight loss community called Club One Island to devise a weight loss programme.

Source - BBC


  1. Mind over matter? Again? Mmmm... I wonder if there's something here?!!!

  2. Hmmm, interesting study. I agree, online and real life support would work best as you are then part of two communities, as long as both are supportive and motivational of course.