Healthy Habits: Study finds benefits of fitness trackers, apps depend on motivation and customization
JANUARY 9, 2019
Do fitness trackers and their apps really help consumers with exercise, diet, and other health goals? Virginia Tech researcher Tabitha James has found that they can contribute to well-being, depending on how they are used, and that how they are used depends on the person’s motivation toward exercise. This means that not all people may benefit from using fitness technologies in the same way, said James, an associate professor of business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.