Internet-Based Physical Activity Interventions

Rodney Joseph, Nefertiti H. Durant, Tanya J. Benitez, Dorothy W. Pekmezi

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Abstract

This article provides a comprehensive review of Internet- and Website-based physical activity interventions targeting adult populations. Search procedures identified 72 unique Internet-based physical activity interventions published in peer-reviewed journals. Participants of the studies were predominately White, middle-aged (mean age = 43.3 years), and female (65.9%). Intervention durations ranged from 2 weeks to 13 months (median = 12 weeks). Forty-six of the studies were randomized controlled trials, 21 were randomized trials without a control condition, 2 were non-randomized controlled trials, and 3 used a single-group design. The majority of studies (n = 68) assessed outcomes immediately following the end of the intervention period, and 16 studies provided delayed postintervention assessments. Forty-four of the 72 studies (61.1%) reported significant increases in physical activity. Future directions for Internet-based physical activity interventions include increasing representation of minority and male populations in Internet-based efforts, conducting delayed postintervention follow-up assessments, and incorporating emerging technologies (ie, cellular and Smartphones) into Internet-based physical activity efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-67
Number of pages26
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • exercise
  • Internet
  • physical activity
  • Web-based

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Internet-Based Physical Activity Interventions. / Joseph, Rodney; Durant, Nefertiti H.; Benitez, Tanya J.; Pekmezi, Dorothy W.

In: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.02.2014, p. 42-67.

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Joseph, Rodney ; Durant, Nefertiti H. ; Benitez, Tanya J. ; Pekmezi, Dorothy W. / Internet-Based Physical Activity Interventions. In: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 42-67.
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