Worn on the Older Body: Physical Activity Technologies and the Commitment to Health

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Physical activity (PA) is a proven strategy for reducing risk of chronic disease. Many older adults do not reach recommended levels of activity to achieve health benefits. There is growing interest among scholars and practitioners about the potential of technology to increase PA and improve health. This study investigated knowledge of, attitudes toward, and experiences with PA technology among a sample of older adults to determine potential for use in interventions. Overall, participants indicated that they learned about their levels of PA, held positive attitudes toward, and reported good experiences with PA technology, including desired behavior change. Negative outcomes included concerns about risk from using PA technology. Outcomes from this study suggest the need for updated views of older adults and technology and potential health benefits from using PA technology.

The authors are with the Department of Kinesiology, Laboratory for Studies in Physical Activity, Culture & Education, San Francisco State University, CA, USA.

Zieff (Susangz@sfsu.edu) is corresponding author.
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