Date of Presentation

5-3-2018 8:00 AM

College

School of Osteopathic Medicine

Poster Abstract

The present study was designed to determine the impact of wearable fitness tracking technology use on physical activity and self-efficacy for exercise among wearable fitness device users. This was a cross sectional study. A single questionnaire was administered to participants, providing patient data pertaining to wearable fitness tracking device use, exercise habits and intrinsic self-efficacy for exercise. Wearable fitness tracking device users were found to have higher levels of self-efficacy for exercise than non-users across all participating ages, genders and ethnicities. In addition, wearable fitness device users reported increased engagement in physical activity with the concomitant use of their devices. This study clearly reflects an association between wearable fitness tracker use, self-efficacy for exercise and exercise engagement. The proposed mechanism responsible for these associations involves the use of wearable fitness technology as a means of generating improved self-efficacy for exercise. Improved self-efficacy for exercise leads to increased engagement in physical activity, explaining the associations between wearable fitness tracker use, self-efficacy for exercise and physical activity engagement reflected in this study.

Keywords

fitness trackers, exercise

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Exercise Science | Medicine and Health Sciences

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May 3rd, 8:00 AM

Wearable Fitness Tracking Improves Self-Efficacy for Exercise

The present study was designed to determine the impact of wearable fitness tracking technology use on physical activity and self-efficacy for exercise among wearable fitness device users. This was a cross sectional study. A single questionnaire was administered to participants, providing patient data pertaining to wearable fitness tracking device use, exercise habits and intrinsic self-efficacy for exercise. Wearable fitness tracking device users were found to have higher levels of self-efficacy for exercise than non-users across all participating ages, genders and ethnicities. In addition, wearable fitness device users reported increased engagement in physical activity with the concomitant use of their devices. This study clearly reflects an association between wearable fitness tracker use, self-efficacy for exercise and exercise engagement. The proposed mechanism responsible for these associations involves the use of wearable fitness technology as a means of generating improved self-efficacy for exercise. Improved self-efficacy for exercise leads to increased engagement in physical activity, explaining the associations between wearable fitness tracker use, self-efficacy for exercise and physical activity engagement reflected in this study.

 

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