This study will run until 31 March 2024.
We will ask you to attend one meeting (up to 2 hours) with the research team at the University of Bath campus, or a public place of your choice. If you would prefer for us to meet you at your home, this can be arranged.
If the study is suitable for you and you would like to take part, we will ask you to fill out a question sheet that asks you to tell us a bit more about you (like your age and living status) and your physical activity habits.
We will give you a small wearable device that measures your activity, which you will need to wear non-stop for a week. The device can be worn on your thigh (attached with sticky tape) or clipped onto a hip belt. We will help you to put this on and show you how it works. This device will not tell us your location or track where you go, it will just record how much movement you are doing. It does not matter how little or much physical activity you do.
We will then loan you a smartphone and charger for the short survey. We will show you how to unlock the smartphone, how to charge the smartphone, and how to use the smartphone survey application. The smartphone surveys will begin the same day and cover topics like:
- where you have been active (like walking in a park)
- what you were doing (walking, general movement, yoga, dancing, sport, etc.)
- who you were with (alone, with friends or family, etc.)
- your mood and your feelings about doing physical activity (how did you feel during and after exercise)
The number of surveys you complete will vary based on your activity patterns.
After seven days, we will schedule a meeting to collect the equipment from you and ask you to fill out a final question sheet on what you thought about the study.
We hope to use this information to look at how physical activity changes based on things like who people are with, mood, and energy levels.