Feasibility of a real-time self-monitoring device for sitting less and moving more: a randomised controlled trial

Anne Martin, Jacob M Adams, Christopher Bunn, Jason MR Gill, Cindy M Grey, Kate Hunt, Douglas J Maxwell, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Sally Wyke, Nanette Mutrie

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Abstract

Objectives: Time spent inactive and sedentary are both associated with poor health. Self-monitoring of walking, using pedometers for real-time feedback, is effective at increasing physical activity. This study evaluated the feasibility of a new pocket-worn sedentary time and physical activity real-time self-monitoring device (SitFIT™).
Methods: Forty sedentary men were equally randomized into two intervention groups. For four weeks, one group received a SitFIT™ providing feedback on steps and time spent sedentary (lying/sitting); the other group received a SitFIT™ providing feedback on steps and time spent upright (standing/stepping). Change in sedentary time, standing time, stepping time and step count was assessed using activPAL™ monitors at baseline, and 4-week (T1) and 12-week (T2) follow-up. Semi-structured interviews were conducted after 4 and 12 weeks.
Results: The SitFIT™ was reported as acceptable and usable, and seen as a motivating tool to reduce sedentary time by both groups. On average, participants reduced their sedentary time by 7.8 minutes/day (95%CI -55.4, 39.7) (T1) and by 8.2 minutes/day (95%CI -60.1, 44.3) (T2). They increased standing time by 23.2 minutes/day (95%CI 4.0, 42.5) (T1) and 16.2 minutes/day (95%CI -13.9, 46.2) (T2). Stepping time was increased by 8.5 minutes/day (95%CI 0.9, 16.0) (T1) and 9.0 minutes/day (95%CI 0.5, 17.5) (T2). There were no between-group differences at either follow-up time points.
Conclusion: The SitFIT™ was perceived as a useful tool for self-monitoring of sedentary time. It has potential as a real-time self-monitoring device to reduce sedentary and increase upright time.
LanguageEnglish
Article numbere000285
Number of pages9
JournalBMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017

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Randomized Controlled Trials
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Keywords

  • sedentary behaviour
  • sitting
  • self-monitoring
  • device
  • user trial
  • feasibility

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Martin, Anne ; Adams, Jacob M ; Bunn, Christopher ; Gill, Jason MR ; Grey, Cindy M ; Hunt, Kate ; Maxwell, Douglas J ; van der Ploeg, Hidde P ; Wyke, Sally ; Mutrie, Nanette. / Feasibility of a real-time self-monitoring device for sitting less and moving more : a randomised controlled trial. In: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 2017 ; Vol. 3.
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Martin, A, Adams, JM, Bunn, C, Gill, JMR, Grey, CM, Hunt, K, Maxwell, DJ, van der Ploeg, HP, Wyke, S & Mutrie, N 2017, 'Feasibility of a real-time self-monitoring device for sitting less and moving more: a randomised controlled trial' BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, vol. 3, e000285. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000285

Feasibility of a real-time self-monitoring device for sitting less and moving more : a randomised controlled trial. / Martin, Anne; Adams, Jacob M ; Bunn, Christopher; Gill, Jason MR; Grey, Cindy M; Hunt, Kate; Maxwell, Douglas J; van der Ploeg, Hidde P ; Wyke, Sally; Mutrie, Nanette.

In: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, Vol. 3, e000285, 13.10.2017.

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