The effects of a physical activity intervention based on a fatness and fitness smartphone app for University students

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dc.contributor.author Muntaner-Mas, Adriá
dc.contributor.author Sánchez-Azanza, Victor A.
dc.contributor.author Ortega, Francisco B.
dc.contributor.author Vidal-Conti, Josep
dc.contributor.author Borràs, Pere Antoni
dc.contributor.author Cantallops, Jaume
dc.contributor.author Palou, Pere
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-15T12:03:58Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-15T12:03:58Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11201/155100
dc.description.abstract [eng] Since the 2012 Lancet Series on physical activity, progress regarding this topic has been negligible at global level. Thus, improving physical activity levels in specific populations through new methodologies is positioned as a priority. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of a physical activity intervention on body fatness composition, and measured and self-reported physical fitness components based on the use of a smartphone app. The investigation included 100 Spanish university students, cluster-randomized into the smartphone app intervention group or a control group (n = 35 and n = 31 respectively, after applying exclusion criteria). The physical activity intervention comprised a 9-week programme designed to promote a healthy physical activity pattern using a smartphone app. Specifically, an mHealth approach was taken containing five BCTs. The results showed that the intervention group improved their physical fitness (F = 8.1, p = .006) and reported better general scores in self-reported physical fitness (F = 7.4, p = .008) over time, in comparison to the control group. However, the intervention group did not show any changes to their fatness. Further research is needed to disentangle which BCTs are more effective to achieve physical health improvements when using physical activity apps.
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dc.relation.isformatof Versió postprint del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458220987275
dc.relation.ispartof Health Informatics Journal, 2021, vol. 27, num. 1, p. 1-14
dc.rights (c) Muntaner-Mas, Adriá et al., 2021
dc.subject.classification 37 - Educació. Ensenyament. Formació. Temps lliure
dc.subject.classification 371 - Organització i gestió de l'educació i de l'ensenyament
dc.subject.other 37 - Education
dc.subject.other 371 - Teaching and training, school organization: educational systems
dc.title The effects of a physical activity intervention based on a fatness and fitness smartphone app for University students
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dc.date.updated 2021-02-15T12:03:58Z
dc.subject.keywords exercise
dc.subject.keywords PHYSICAL FITNESS
dc.subject.keywords Body Composition
dc.subject.keywords mobile applications
dc.subject.keywords smartphone applications
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458220987275


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