Snacktivity™ to promote physical activity: a qualitative study
journal contributionposted on 30.11.2021, 12:10 by Natalie Tyldesley-Marshall, Sheila M Greenfield, Helen M Parretti, Kajal Gokal, Colin Greaves, Kate Jolly, Ralph Maddison, Amanda DaleyAmanda Daley, Stuart Biddle, Charlotte Edwardson, Dale EsligerDale Esliger, Emma Frew, Natalie Ives, Nanette Mutrie, James Sanders, Lauren SherarLauren Sherar, Magdalena Skrybrant, Tom Yates
Abstract Background Adults should achieve a minimum of 150 min of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity per week, but many people do not achieve this. Changes to international guidance have removed the requirement to complete physical activity in bouts of at least 10 min. Snacktivity is a novel and complementary approach that could motivate people to be physically active. It focuses on promoting shorter (2–5 min) and more frequent bouts, or ‘snacks’ of physical activity throughout the day. It is not known whether promoting physical activity in shorter bouts is acceptable to the public, or whether it likely to translate into health behaviour change. Methods As part of a larger research programme, this study explored the merits of using small bouts of physical activity to help the public become physically active (the Snacktivity™ programme). Thirty-one inactive adults used the approach for five days then participated in semi- structured interviews about their experiences. The data were analysed using the Framework approach. Results Whilst participants highlighted some potential barriers to implementation, they expressed the ease with which Snacktivity could be achieved, which gave them a new awareness of opportunities to do more physical activity throughout the day. Participants raised the importance of habit formation to achieve regular small bouts of physical activity. Conclusions Findings demonstrated that participants liked the Snacktivity concept and viewed it as a motivating approach. Guidance about physical activity must lead to advice that has the best chance of preserving and promoting health and Snacktivity has potential to meet this ambition.
National Institute for Health Research (RP-PG-0618–20008)
NIHR Research Professorship award
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences