Future directions in physical activity intervention research: expanding our focus to sedentary behaviors, technology, and dissemination

Beth A. Lewis, Melissa A. Napolitano, Matthew P. Buman, David M. Williams, Claudio R. Nigg

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Abstract

Despite the increased health risks of a sedentary lifestyle, only 49 % of American adults participate in physical activity (PA) at the recommended levels. In an effort to move the PA field forward, we briefly review three emerging areas of PA intervention research. First, new intervention research has focused on not only increasing PA but also on decreasing sedentary behavior. Researchers should utilize randomized controlled trials, common terminology, investigate which behaviors should replace sedentary behaviors, evaluate long-term outcomes, and focus across the lifespan. Second, technology has contributed to an increase in sedentary behavior but has also led to innovative PA interventions. PA technology research should focus on large randomized trials with evidence-based components, explore social networking and innovative apps, improve PA monitoring, consider the lifespan, and be grounded in theory. Finally, in an effort to maximize public health impact, dissemination efforts should address the RE-AIM model, health disparities, and intervention costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-126
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dissemination
  • Intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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