Activity Tracking + Motivation Science: Allies to Keep People Moving for a Lifetime
by: Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, MS
Tracking apps and wearables provide feedback may not be inherently motivating.
Motivational quality results from people’s primary reason, or motive, for starting to exercise or become more physically active. Ironically, the most common motives tend to be the least motivating long-term. Professionals can better motivate and retain clients and patients through applying three key scientific principles in their work.
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- Discover some concerns about fitness tracking apps and wearables based on the science of motivation and decision-making.
- Learn key science related to creating lasting behavior change.
- Identify how to use basic scientific principles to cultivate intrinsic motivation and lasting behavior change using fitness tracking apps and wearable technology.
Key words: Apps, Wearables, Motivation, Physical Activity, Exercise