Technology and physical activity motivation

Matthew R. Bice, James W. Ball, Steve McClaran

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Technological devices have evolved into a popular social trend becoming a part of many people's daily life. As a result, technology devices are becoming more commonly used for different tasks and activities. The current study examined if wearing a Nike Fuelband (FB) SE increased physical activity (PA) motivation for an adult population. The research design included an 8-week, pre-/post-test intervention. The inclusion of the FB SE served as the research intervention. Participants (n = 42) included two convenient samples located in Colorado and Nebraska. Prior to study investigation, participants were trained how to use all the functions of the device, associated Nike+ Connect program, and given additional resources for reference. Participants completed the Exercise Motivation Inventory-2 before device training and post 8 weeks. Pre- and post-data were analysed using a paired t-test. The current study reports that significant differences were present among the measured constructs of affiliation, enjoyment, challenge, and positive health motivation. Participants who used the FB reported a significant increase in the motivation constructs of affiliation, enjoyment, challenge, and positive health motivation over an 8-week intervention. This study suggests that electronic activity-tracking devices can be valuable tools for behaviour change, aiding efforts to increase adult PA levels and decrease trends of obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • exercise
  • motivation
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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