Technology as tool to overcome barriers of using fitness facilities: A health behavioural perspective

Mohamad, Mostafa and Cresswell, Montana (2019) Technology as tool to overcome barriers of using fitness facilities: A health behavioural perspective. In: BAM2019 Conference Proceedings. BAM, london, pp. 1-31. ISBN 9780995641327

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Abstract

Underlying health conditions have been highlighted throughout the literature preventing several populations from engaging in physical activity. There have been little to no attempts made in addressing these populations directly in fitness facilities or indirectly using information technology (IT). The current research aimed at exploring current barriers and practices regarding IT and technological support in a fitness facility environment, using health behaviour theories (HBT) to explain member experiences. The sample was composed of 66 participants selected from 5 fitness facilities in Manchester, UK, of which there were 60.6% males and 39.4% females aged from 18-59. The instrument used was a survey. Health motives were reported by 71.2% of the participants, while ‘injury’ (reported by 70.2%), ‘lack of knowledge about exercise and health’ (reported by 42.4%), and ‘illness’ (reported by 28.1%) as main barriers to use the facilities. The main support mechanisms provided by the facilities management were staff support (59%), with online and technological support only accounting for 38.6% of facility support. The use of personal IT within the facilities were utilised by over half the participants (50.2%). The study revealed the need of additional IT support by fitness facilities in the form of applications and digital platforms. The findings are discussed with HBT as the theoretical underpinnings and suggestions are made for future research regarding IT advancements as support mechanisms.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital sport, Behavioural theories, Technology adoption, Fitness
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
G500 Information Systems
N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 10:06
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 15:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42910

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