A Diary Study on the Exercise Intention-Behaviour Gap: Implications for the Design of Interactive Products

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Abstract

Increasingly aware of the importance of active lifestyles, many people intend to exercise more. One of the main challenges is to translate exercise intentions into actual exercise behaviour, the so-called intention-behaviour gap. To investigate barriers and enablers that affect this gap, we conducted a 7-day diary study with 16 women. Participants indicated what their exercise intentions and behaviour were per day, and whether and why they changed retrospectively during the day. Through the diary study, we gain insights into (i) the intention-behaviour interplay, and (ii) the experienced barriers and enablers that influence this interplay throughout the day. Based on the findings, we contribute new implications for design in supporting people translating their intentions into exercise behaviour. We propose three design concepts to illustrate underlying design opportunities. The focus is on positively influencing the interplay of enablers and barriers of exercising and how these can be addressed through design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Research Society 2020
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDesign Research Society 2020 -
Duration: 11 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

Conference

ConferenceDesign Research Society 2020
Abbreviated titleDRS2020
Period11/08/2014/08/20

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