‘Let’s Exercise’: A Context Aware Mobile Agent for Motivating Physical Activity

  • Saurav Gupta
  • Sanjay P. Sood
  • D. K. Jain
Conference paper

Abstract

Context-aware Computing, considered as a part of ubiquitous computing, is an upcoming technology that has the potential to be used for improving one’s own health and providing personalized healthcare services. This paper discusses a randomized controlled trial conducted amongst 97 individuals, who were screened for stress and obesity. Out of these, 33 individuals (n = 33) were identified as suffering from both stress and obesity. With the fact that physical activity acts as a catalyst in reducing stress and obesity, the mobile application, ‘Let’s Exercise’ was designed to send context-aware alerts to the users. These alerts motivated and recommended these users to take up physical activity depending upon their operating environment. The 33 users were subject to a four-week observational period, after which a positive behavioral change was observed amongst these individuals. This was due to the increase in the level of physical activity in their daily routines after receiving the contextual alerts. Post the study, the users also showed strong confidence and willingness in the adoption of this technology.

Keywords

Context awareness Computer to physical environment interaction Computer to human interaction Ubiquitous computing mHealth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saurav Gupta
    • 1
  • Sanjay P. Sood
    • 2
  • D. K. Jain
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Infomatics & Electronics, EngineerCentre for Development of Advanced ComputingMohaliIndia
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologySeMT, Chandigarh AdministrationChandigarhIndia
  3. 3.Centre for Development of Advanced ComputingMohaliIndia

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