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Dr. Zorba Paster: Friendly competition and feedback encourage exercise

(Madison.com) A new study published in the American Journal of Health showed how exercise is a team sport. I’m not talking about exercising as a team but teaming up with others to improve your efforts…
Researchers found the highest step totals were when the financial incentive was in play, with about 50 percent of the people hitting the 7,000-step mark. When the incentive was dropped, the scores dropped, too — only one in three were hitting the goal.
Still, 33 percent isn’t bad when you look at exercise compliance. It’s usually down in the single-digit range…
The take-home message I find fascinating about this latest study is that it uses smartphone technology combined with smart-device technology to give us instant feedback on how we’re doing.
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