Rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions and exercise: Getting on track with wearable activity trackers

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Get more sleep, sit less, consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. There is a laundry list of things that we know are good for our health and well-being. But even with this knowledge in hand, many of us find them hard to do consistently or at all. Exercise at all or in sufficient quantity is one of those things that many know they should do but struggle to do. To be more precise, 1.4 billion adults around the world do not get enough exercise. That’s more than 25% of the adult population or 1 in 4 adults.

What is helping to fuel these numbers and hindering us from meeting recommended levels of physical activity? As a refresher, adults are encouraged to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise (e.g., a brisk walk, cycling, jogging) per week and incorporate muscle strengthening activities into their routine at least two times per week. Factors that influence exercise behaviours include: not having enough time, social support, lack of energy, willpower, skill, and resources, and fear of injury.

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