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Personal Feedback May Aid Fitness Progress & Some Related Apps

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Researchers show that daily reinforcement helps adults stick to their exercise goals

From the 12 August 2011 Health News Today article by Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) — Using personal digital assistants (PDAs) to give daily feedback to adults about their fitness progress helps them stick with an exercise program, a new study says.

University of Pittsburgh researchers followed 189 overweight adults for six months. The participants were assigned to one of three self-monitoring programs — paper records only, PDA without daily feedback messages, or PDA with daily feedback messages.

An example of a message for participants who met their exercise goals for the day: “Super job on the physical activity. Try to repeat this tomorrow.”

For those who didn’t achieve their daily goal, the message might have said: “Don’t get disheartened; you still have time to meet your physical activity goals. Hint: Take a walk; it will pay off!”…

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Some related apps
(Go to Fitness and Web 2.0 on Webicina.Com for more Apps and related  fitness social media links (support groups, news, podcasts, etc,)

August 12, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , , ,

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