Enhancing physical activity promotion in midlife women with technology-based self-monitoring and social connectivity: A pilot study

J Health Psychol. 2016 Aug;21(8):1548-55. doi: 10.1177/1359105314558895. Epub 2014 Dec 8.


This pilot study tested a novel program to promote adoption and maintenance of aerobic activity in midlife women. Lifestyle modification group sessions were held weekly for 3 months, followed by two booster sessions during the 3-month maintenance phase. During all 6 months of the program, participants used a physical activity sensor to automate self-monitoring and a web platform to facilitate social connectivity. Aerobic exercise increased from 63 to 132 minute/week from baseline to 3 months (p < .01), and activity was maintained at 6 months (135 minute/week). Technology enhancements have strong potential to promote maintenance of behavior change.

Keywords: Internet; exercise; intervention; lifestyle; social support.

MeSH terms

  • Actigraphy / instrumentation
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Social Support*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires