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Smartphones may decrease sedentary time, increase work: Study

Smartphones may decrease sedentary time, increase work: Study
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People bored of following sedentary lifestyle should start consulting their smartphones as it can help them get active and reduce chances of weight...

New York: People bored of following sedentary lifestyle should start consulting their smartphones as it can help them get active and reduce chances of weight gain, a new study has claimed. According to a pilot study, using smartphone reminders to prompt people to get moving may help reduce sedentary behaviour, increase activity and reduce chances of weight gain, higher body mass index (BMI) and obesity.

Researchers explored whether smartphone interventions have the potential to influence sedentary behaviour. Participants wore accelerometers to measure movement and carried smartphones for seven consecutive days.

Participants who reported more than two hours of sitting during the day received a message emphasising that long uninterrupted sitting is bad for health. It encouraged them to stand up and move around more and to sit less.

Over the seven-day study period, participants had significantly fewer minutes of daily sedentary time and more daily minutes of active time than controls.

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