With 2016 right around the corner, it is time to make our list of New Year’s Resolutions. If you are looking to improve your fitness in the new year, a study recently published by the Journal of the American Heart Association might have just the realistic tip you are looking for – texting with a fitness buddy! The study finds that inspiring text messages encourage patients to significantly exercise more.
Patients at risk of heart disease across a range of smartphone users from 18-69 years old were given a fitness tracker and received automatic personalized texts with encouraging messages centered on their fitness levels as assessed by the fitness trackers. With just three texts a day, those that received the supportive texts walked an average of nearly 2500 more steps a day! They also increased total activity by 21 minutes per day. The fitness trackers indicated a 10,000 daily step goal and those that received the texts met that goal twice as much as those that didn’t at the completion of the study. The study concluded that mHealth services facilitate behavioral change.
There is no doubt about it—tis’ the season for the gift of wearable tech and fitness trackers are at the top of the list. With that in mind, finding a fitness buddy to set goals with and send encouraging texts to might be the perfect start for a healthier 2016.
To read the full study, click here.