The use of physical activity trackers devices and physical activity levels in adolescents and adults

Activity trackers and physical activity


  • Vitor P. Lopes Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, Bragança, Portugal and Research Center in Sports Sciences Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), Portugal
  • Carla Sá Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, Bragança, Portugal and Research Center in Sports Sciences Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), Portugal
Palabras clave: sensores de movimento, aptitud física, promoción de la salud, ejercic io físico


El propósito fue investigar el uso de rastreadores de actividad física (RAF) y analizar la relación entre su uso y los niveles de actividad física (AF). Los participantes fueron N = 1498 (N = 841 mujeres) de 14 a 85 años. El interés, el uso y las preferencias de RAF se midieron mediante un cuestionario. La AF se midió utilizando la versión corta de IPAQ. La prueba de Kruskal-Wallis se utilizó para evaluar las diferencias en los niveles de AF entre los participantes. De todos los participantes que practican AF regularmente, el 59% no usa RAF, el 27% lo estaba usando y el 14% lo ha usado. Los adolescentes, las mujeres de mediana edad y los hombres mayores, que usan RAF, hicieron significativamente más AF intensa que los participantes que no lo usan. Los adultos jóvenes que usan RAF tuvieron niveles de AF moderada y vigorosa significativamente máselevada que los participantes que no lo usan. Los hombres de mediana edad que usan RAF tuvieron significativamente más AF global y AF vigorosa y caminaban más que los participantes que no lo usan. Alrededor de la mitad de los participantes que hacen ejercicio regularmente usan RAF.  A pesar de que los participantes que usan RAF tienden a tener niveles más altos de AF, no es concluyente que el uso de RAF conduzca a más PA.


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Lopes, V. . P., & Sá, C. (2021). The use of physical activity trackers devices and physical activity levels in adolescents and adults: Activity trackers and physical activity. Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte, 21(1), 258–270.
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