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Exploring Design Requirements of Outdoor Fitness Equipment for Young People

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Abstract

Outdoor Fitness Equipment (OFE) can support public health by making physical activity available to all segments of the society. However, our knowledge is limited regarding how young people can adopt this equipment. Therefore, this study set out to explore (1) motivators of young people to do sports, (2) their perspective towards being physically active outside and (3) how to increase their outdoor physical activity level and OFE usage through design. Therefore, a cultural probes study and interviews were conducted with twelve participants aged between 20–30 years old, who do sports at home or gym. As a result, three types of needs were identified namely personal, social and practical needs. Moreover, design requirements are identified which are focusing on equipment, space, and service. As a result, this study provides brief guidance for designers and urban planners to meet young people’s needs about doing sport outside.

Keywords

  • Physical activity
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment (OFE)
  • Cultural probes
  • Product design

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We would like to thank the participants of the study for their valuable contribution. This study was conducted as part of a graduate course ID531 Methods of User Research given at Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design during 2017–2018 Spring Semester.

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Karadeniz, A., Dursun, M., Töre-Yargın, G. (2020). Exploring Design Requirements of Outdoor Fitness Equipment for Young People. In: Rebelo, F., Soares, M. (eds) Advances in Ergonomics in Design. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 955. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20227-9_59

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