Behavior is not something that you adjust from today to tomorrow. Simply telling someone that he/she needs to adjust their behaviour usually doesn't do much. Behavioural change is a process that must be followed. This applies to any form of change, including the reduction of sedentary behaviour. Behaviour change takes place via the following steps. Relapse is possible here at any point. However, the aim is always to "continue to do" in the process.
Wearables can provide excellent assistance in supporting behavioural change. For example, wearables such as VitaBit and the Activity Tracker can be used effectively to support the following steps:
Insight into current behaviour ensures that people are open to change their behaviour. If you don’t see that you are doing something wrong, you are not going to do anything about it. Wearables can create awareness.
Understand te need of change
When the user is open to change and realizes that the current conduct is not the best, the process can be continued. This step is about providing insight into what can be improved and how it can be improved. For example, VitaBit uses the VitaBit Score to do this: the better the sit-stand behaviour, the higher the score.
Make it possible to change
Wearables can provide insight into the sitting behaviour and health (basic measurements). They can prove whether you actually perform better than before. In this way, these sensors provide insight into the behaviour and play a role in being able to change.
To make the behavioural change more successful, support is desirable. Coaching makes it easier to persevere and supports when it is difficult to maintain the behaviour. The coach supports in the moments when it is difficult for wearables to make a contribution, namely in the steps ‘get the will to change’ and ‘maintain new behaviour’. This coaching can, for example, be provided by a (company) physiotherapist, occupational therapist or prevention officer.
By following this link you’ll be able to find more information about the VitaBit Online Coaching environment.