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Using a Physical Activity Application to Promote Physical Activity Levels Among Aged People : A Follow-Up Study (2021)


Kari, Tuomas; Makkonen, Markus; Carlsson, Joanna; Frank, Lauri (2021). Using a Physical Activity Application to Promote Physical Activity Levels Among Aged People : A Follow-Up Study. In Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2021) (pp. 1242-1251). Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. University of Hawai'i at Manoa. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70763


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All authors or editors: Kari, Tuomas; Makkonen, Markus; Carlsson, Joanna; Frank, Lauri

Parent publication: Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2021)

Place and date of conference: Maui, HI, USA, 4.-8.1.2021

eISBN: 978-0-9981331-4-0

Journal or series: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

ISSN: 1530-1605

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 1242-1251

Publisher: University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70763

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Abstract

The share and life expectancy of the ageing population are increasing. However, aged people are threatened by insufficient physical activity. Therefore, finding ways to support people to live a physically active life in older age is imperative. Digital wellness technologies represent a potential solution, but in order for such technologies to be effective, research is needed to gain a better understanding on their use among aged people. To address this need, this study investigated whether the use of a physical activity application can promote physical activity among aged people. The physical activity levels were measured at three different time points: before taking the application into use, after four months of use, and after 12 months of use. The results show a modest increase in the physical activity levels. When examining physical activity categories (based on the IPAQ-E), a participant rather shifted to a higher than to a lower physical activity category. Overall, the changes were more substantial after 12 months than after four months of use. The results suggest that physical activity applications used in everyday life have potential in promoting physical activity levels among aged people.


Keywords: welfare technology; sports technology; mobile apps; physical activeness; senior citizens

Free keywords: Digital Mobile Services for Everyday Life; ipaq-e; physical activity; physical activity application; wellness technology


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