Contrary to the popular belief that smart phones would make people lazy, researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre and American Cancer Society have found that using smart phones with consistent activity reminders prompts people to change from a sedentary behavior, increase activity, get a higher body mass index (BMI), reduce the possibility of weight gain and obesity.
The study was conducted such that the accelerators to measure the movement were worn by the participants. They also carried smart phones for seven consecutive days.
The participants who reported that they had to sit for more than two hours during the day received a message emphasizing that long uninterrupted sitting is bad for health.
They were encouraged to stand up, move around and to sit less. The seventh day of the study period showed that the participants had fewer minutes of daily sedentary time and more daily minutes of active time than controls.
Reports clearly states sedentary time to increased risk of breast, colorectal, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Accelerators recorded three percent less sedentary time than control participants, equaling about 25 minutes of time spent engaged in activity rather than in sedentary behavior on any given day.
“Smartphone prompts appear to be a promising strategy for reducing sedentary behavior and increasing activity,” authors suggest.