Cardiff University (DECIPHER)
Dr Jemma Hawkins
Physical activity in adults
Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales
Duration of Project
The Aim of the Project
The increasing popularity of technologies such as physical activity monitors provides opportunity to enhance delivery of physical activity interventions. Such technologies allow frequent, automatic feedback on progress toward activity goals which may help support increases in physical activity and maintenance of these. However, it is not yet understood how to utilise new technologies to enhance the effectiveness of physical activity interventions. In addition, not much is known about acceptability of these technologies to exercise referral populations.
This study seeks to assess the feasibility and acceptability of using activity monitors within an existing exercise referral scheme to promote maintenance of physical activity.
An Overview of the Project
The study is exploring the acceptability and feasibility of introducing activity monitoring devices, alongside a web-based support system, within the existing National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) in Wales.
Low levels of physical activity are associated with an increased risk of chronic disease outcomes as well as poorer psychological wellbeing. The majority of adults in Wales do not currently achieve public health recommendations for physical activity. Interventions to increase individuals’ physical activity levels, such as exercise referral schemes, have had mixed successes to date, and have often only demonstrated effects in the short term.
The study will enhance our understandings of how to integrate such technologies into existing exercise programmes, and will provide an assessment of feasibility and acceptability to inform a decision on whether and how to proceed to a full trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.