The formula for losing weight is not a mystery: the calorie burn rate needs to be higher than the calorie intake. The same goes for being fit, do regular exercise, or quitting smoking, just quit. It seems simple but everyone who has tried any of the above knows that the reality it is not so easy. Motivating people to establish healthy lifestyle habits and make significant changes is still not highly explored science. However, a recently published scientific study by Virtual Personal Trainer shows how motivational strategies can be easily implemented into health programs resulting in very promising results.
Social media can improve health outcomes. These are the most important factors to achieve a change on health-behavior patterns:
Social mechanisms are key for incentivizing changes. Social media can encourage teamwork, friendly competition, and accountability. For example, a group of friends or co-workers can encourage each other to exercise more frequently. Social media gives individuals the ability to influence a high number of people. Studies show that social media can lead to better health outcomes than when it is controled by individual groups. It is believed that social networks can help us achieve what we could not achieve on our own. No question, how the way we or others think affects our health behavior.
Rewards and incentives play a critical role in motivating healthy behavior. Mobile and wearable technology are playing a major role in reaching out to people and keeping them on track with their healthy habits. Knowing about different types of behavior is crucial for designing and developing this technology as a tool for persuasion. In order to make people successful in making lifestyle changes they need to get involved and using this type technology is a key element.
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