Physical inactivity is an emerging global health concern for young adults in Canada. Current research suggests young adults have more sedentary lifestyles, which are associated with obesity and other physical (e.g., gastrointestinal, metabolic disorders, hormone dysfunction, nutritional deficits), and mental health related (anxiety, depression, etc.) concerns. Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. Participating in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It is vital for healthy aging, can reduce the burden of chronic diseases and prevent early death. Young adults who sit less and participate in any amount of mild, moderate, or strenuous physical activity will gain health benefits, including improved balance, mobility, fitness, and mental health to do daily activities.
Wearable activity trackers are electronic monitoring devices that enable users to access and monitor health-related information specific to physical activity including: daily steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, heart rate, and sleep patterns. The primary reason people invest in an activity tracker is to help motivate them to get, or stay, active. Previous research has found that wearable activity trackers can be useful in reminding you to get up and move around when you have been still for too long, or helping you to have more control over your personal health by providing direct access to information.
The purpose of this survey is to get feedback directly from young adults to learn about your experiences and preferences related to participating in physical activity. We are interested in hearing your thoughts on whether the use of a wearable activity tracker could be helpful to improving physical activity in your life. The survey asks for minimal personal information and will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. More information, including instructions can be found by visiting the survey link.
Your participation contributes towards improving our limited knowledge of physical health trends among young adults through direct feedback from young adults. The information collected in this survey will help us to understand what factors encourage physical activity and motivate the use of activity trackers for young adults.
It can be incredibly fulfilling to know that your participation will help benefit other young adults in the future, through increasing our understanding of what motivators/barriers may influence decisions to participate in physical activity or use activity trackers.