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Using technology to enhance and encourage dance-based exercise

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posted on 21.05.2021, 16:23 by Alethea Blackler, Shital Desai, Levi Swann, Marianella Chamorro-Koc, Gene Moyle, Mikaela Stephens
This study investigated the role of Self-Service Technologies (SSTs) in dance-based exercise in order to begin exploring the motivations behind the use (or not) of SSTs by ordinary men and women in this context. The research approach employed interviews to gain insights into participants’ use of SSTs and their exercise practices, in order to start establishing ways in which dance can be re/incorporated into people’s lives through the design of appropriate SSTs. Findings from this study highlight the significant opportunity to further explore how the properties of music and dance can be integrated into the design of new SSTs. Literature suggests dance could be a beneficial exercise format for many people and self-service technology abounds for exercise but is often not used consistently. Our interviews asked participants about dance-based exercise and SSTs for exercise and showed that there is an opportunity to design SSTs to help people access dance-based exercise. SSTs should help people learn dance, build confidence, and dance alone or with others. SSTs could facilitate movement and increase engagement with physical activity whilst addressing issues around logistics, confidence and dance knowledge and experience. Keywords: Public health, Computer science