Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Publication Source

Journal of Medical Systems

Volume

35

Issue

5

Inclusive pages

1225-1242

Publisher

Springer

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The importance of regular physical activity to overall health has been well established, yet adults in the United States are leading increasingly sedentary lives. Research suggests that lowering perceived barriers to exercise is an effective strategy for encouraging physical activity. This article describes the top barriers that emerged from a qualitative analysis of message board traffic from a three-month healthy lifestyle intervention that promoted physical activity and healthy eating. The findings further elaborate known barriers to physical activity-two of which are not reported as key barriers in prior research-and illustrate the value of a grounded approach to studying health and fitness behaviors. Based on our analysis, we identify design considerations for technologies that encourage and support physical activity. Understanding the needs of a population is a critical step in the design process, and this paper offers unique insights for those working in this growing domain.

Keywords

Barriers to physical activity . Fitness . Health . Message boards .Web-based discussion forums . Virtual community

Disciplines

Communication Technology and New Media | Health Communication | Library and Information Science | Nursing

 
 

Link to Original Published Item

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21526331