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Boosting Motivation: Fitbit, Social Networking Helps Women Exercise More

December 18, 20159 min
What makes this study different from others that focus on increasing physical activity?If you're someone who likes to spread the gift of health during the holiday season, you may consider buying a wearable tracking device for those you love.A recent study found that the benefits of wearing a Fitbit and sharing results on social media can help people stay motivated (especially during a time of year when it seems like all you do is eat and drink), which may have you thinking of getting one for yourself, too.Researchers from the University of Scranton conducted a study where 20 sedentary women used a Fitbit and were assigned exercise partners for six weeks. The women also filled out an online survey about their social contact.Researchers found that the women's physical activity was highest when they had the most social contact.How can you use a Fitbit (or other fitness device) in order to help you stay motivated?Listen in as the study author, Danielle Arigo, PhD, shares the findings in her study and what it means for staying motivated.

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