Among young college-aged females, obese and obesity, type 2 diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, and high stress levels have increased, leading to worse health issues than earlier generations overall. The usage of wearable fitness technology (WFT) by young adults assists in fitness and nutrition monitoring, provides feedback in health statistics, and has shown improvements in reducing health-related issues in young college females.
A wide body of books related to physical exercise, nutrition, and health issues in young college females exists; however, the encounters and intention of WFT use for behavior change by young college female millennials has not been well researched. The goal of this phenomenological research was to look at the lived experiences of young college females’ intent for behavior change with WFT. Medical perception model was the theoretical construction used because of this research.
Ten college females, 18-25 years of age, attending schools in northern West Virginia, who had been collecting data from a WFT for at the least half a year completed individual face-to-face interviews. Data were analyzed using a phenomenological thematic evaluation. Results from the study revealed young university females use WFT to increase physical activity, identify calorie intake and energy expenditure, and monitor heart rate, sleep, and stress to decrease and prevent health issues.
These results can provide evidence for other research workers to address the existing health inequalities in young university adults. Positive cultural change implications could be the value of WFT regarding the growing evidence of the need for physical activity and nourishment by young … Read the rest