The Effects of Using a Mobile Wellness Application on Physical Activity Levels: A Four-Month Follow-Up Study Among Aged People

TUOMAS KARI, MARKUS MAKKONEN, LAURI FRANK, JOANNA CARLSSON, Anna Sell

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    Abstract

    Insufficient physical activity threatens people in older age. Thus, finding ways to support a physically active life in the older age is important. Digital wellness technologies have been presented as potential solutions, but in order for these solutions to be effective, research to gain insights on their use among aged people is needed. This study investigated how the use of a mobile wellness application for tracking physical activityaffects physical activity levels among aged people. The physical activity levels were measured by using the IPAQ-E. The focus was on the first four months of use. The study was part of a research program in which groups of aged people take into use a mobile wellness application. The results show a modest, however, statistically not significant increase in the physical activity levels after the first four months of use. The study suggests that digital wellness technologies have potential for promoting physical activity levels among aged people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication33rd Bled eConference. Enabling Technology for a Sustainable Society.
    EditorsAndreja Pucihar, Mirjana Kljajić Borštnar, Roger Bons, Helen Cripps, Anand Sheomba, Doroteja Vidmar
    PublisherUniversity of Maribor
    Pages455-468
    ISBN (Electronic)978-961-286-362-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event33rd Bled eConferenceEnabling Technology for a Sustainable Society - 33rd Bled eConference Enabling Technologyfor a Sustainable Society
    Duration: 28 Jun 202029 Jun 2020

    Conference

    Conference33rd Bled eConferenceEnabling Technology for a Sustainable Society
    Period28/06/2029/06/20

    Keywords

    • Mobile application
    • Young-elderly
    • mobile wellness application
    • physical activity
    • wellness technology

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