How technology enhances fitness facility practices : a health behaviour perspective

Mohamad, MRA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7172-1110 and Cresswell, M 2019, How technology enhances fitness facility practices : a health behaviour perspective , in: BAM 2019 Annual Conference: seeking solutions in uncertain times, 3-5 September, Birmingham, Aston University.

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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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper initially submitted under the title "Technology as tool to overcome barriers of using fitness facilities: a health behavioural perspective"
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the British Academy of Management
Publisher: British Academy of Management
ISBN: 9780995641327
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Depositing User: Dr Mostafa Mohamad
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 15:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52329

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