Traffic light system for activity could redefine how we exercise say researchers
20 February 2013
The traffic light system used as a guide to health information in food could be used in a similar way to help people become more active, researchers at have found.
Researchers at the University of Bath and Teesside University found that by examining different aspects of physical activity and scoring these using red, amber and green, we can get a better picture about whether a person is doing the right kind of physical activity for health.
The system works by participants wearing a body sensor which shows how much energy they burn, and then allocating this to various physical activity categories which are known to be important for health.
Dr Dylan Thompson from the University of Bath and Professor Alan Batterham from Teesside University examined physical activity energy expenditure over one week in 100 men using this system.