A framework for using GPS data in physical activity and sedentary behavior studies

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2015 Jan;43(1):48-56. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000035.


Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are applied increasingly in activity studies, yet significant theoretical and methodological challenges remain. This article presents a framework for integrating GPS data with other technologies to create dynamic representations of behaviors in context. Using more accurate and sensitive measures to link behavior and environmental exposures allows for new research questions and methods to be developed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Accelerometry*
  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Data Collection
  • Exercise
  • Geographic Information Systems*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity*
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Time Factors