Excuse me, how much did you exercise this week?

The Wall Street Journal reports on another study showing that reminding (some call it nagging) has its virtues – this time for exercising. As part of the study, one group of people received a weekly phone call from a human asking them how much exercise they’d gotten that week and congratulating them if they had met a personal goal. Another group got a similar call from an automated system. A third group got no call.

After 12 months, participants receiving calls from a live person were exercising, as a mean, about 178 minutes a week, above government recommendations for 150 minutes a week. That represented a 78% jump from about 100 minutes a week at the start of the study. Exercise levels for the group receiving computerized calls doubled to 157 minutes a week. A control group of participants, who received no phone calls, exercised 118 minutes a week, up 28% from the study’s start. “When you knew you were going to have to report back on what you had done, it motivated you,” says Ms. Lowe.

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  • maviblue

    This is a great concept for a web-based business. People could goto this site, submit what they would like to be “nudged” on, and provided parameters such as how often they get reminded, via what means, etc. The premium service could involve a live person calling you and holding you “accountable” via a series of questions.

    Does anybody know of such a service? I could certainly use it!

    BTW… I have team up with a peer and established an “Accountability Partner” relationship, where we do exactly this: report regularly to each other on the progress towards our goals, and following up on each other. It is working well.

  • Guest

    This is a great concept for a web-based business. People could goto this site, submit what they would like to be “nudged” on, and provided parameters such as how often they get reminded, via what means, etc. The premium service could involve a live person calling you and holding you “accountable” via a series of questions.

    Does anybody know of such a service? I could certainly use it!

    BTW… I have team up with a peer and established an “Accountability Partner” relationship, where we do exactly this: report regularly to each other on the progress towards our goals, and following up on each other. It is working well.

  • http://www.rossparker.com Ross Parker

    @Maviblue – The site you are thinking of is Stickk.com

  • http://www.rossparker.com Ross Parker

    @Maviblue – The site you are thinking of is Stickk.com

  • http://www.rossparker.com Ross Parker

    @Maviblue – The site you are thinking of is Stickk.com