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Exercise app shows results and causation, not just correlation

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A new study on mHealth tries to show that app usage causes benefits, and it not just correlated with them. This research was conducted by researchers at four institutions: Lander College, Columbia University, Long Island University, and Marymount Manhattan College.

The way they did this was look at barriers to exercise and see if apps helped users overcome them. It looks like they did:

“Barriers were found to be significant moderators of app use on exercise,” researchers wrote. “Individuals who have relatively few barriers were found to be less likely to benefit from exercise apps, likely because their engagement in exercise activity is not hampered by barriers, and these individuals are thus less in need of an intervention. Individuals with relatively high levels of barriers on the other hand were most likely to benefit from using exercise apps – an effect that extended to their BMI.”

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