Full-text resources of PSJD and other databases are now available in the new Library of Science.
Visit https://bibliotekanauki.pl


Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2014 | 6 | 1 |

Article title

Impact on physical fitness of exercise promotion service utilizing social media


Title variants

Languages of publication



Study aim: the purpose of the present study was to survey the impact of a social media platform on physical fitness, physical activity levels and daily sitting time. Material and methods: a total of 2039 users (1445 women and 594 men) of the social media service (HeiaHeia, Helsinki, Finland) voluntarily participated in the study by answering an online questionnaire provided by a survey. Results: about 63.8% of the participants reported that the service has advanced their perceived level of physical fitness, while 36.2% reported no impact on their fitness. Most participants (71.3%) with BMI over 25 reported that the service had helped them to improve their physical fitness. Participants with BMI over 35 reported a more positive impact than in any other weight range groups. One-third of the participants (32.3%) sat for more than seven hours a day; 23.5% sat less than five hours a day. More than half of the participants (56.8%) were encouraged to be physical active during the day and aimed to reduce sitting time at their jobs during the workday. Conclusions: there seems to be a positive impact of web services that promote physical activity on the physical fitness among social media users. Although the present service is not merely well suited for physically active and physical fit users, it motivates users of all fitness levels to exercise. However, more studies are needed to clarify effects of social media on physical activity, fitness and health.








Physical description


28 - 10 - 2014


  • Department of Leadership and Military Pedagogy, National Defense University, Helsinki, Finland
  • H2 Wellbeing Oy, Helsinki, Finland
  • H2 Wellbeing Oy, Helsinki, Finland
  • Department of Leadership and Military Pedagogy, National Defense University, Helsinki, Finland
  • Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland


  • 1. Blair S.N., Kambert J.B., Kohl H.W., Barlow C.E., Macera C.A., Paffenbarger R.S. Jr, Gibbons L.W. (1996) Influences of cardiorespiratory fitness and other precursors on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in men and women. JAMA, 276: 205–210.
  • 2. Cavallo D.N., Tate D.F., Ries A.V., Brown J.D., DeVellis R.F., Ammerman A.S. (2012) A social media-based physical activity intervention: a randomized controlled trial. Amer. J. Prevent. Med., 43: 527–32.
  • 3. Chau J.Y., Grunseit A.C., Chey T., Stamatakis E., Brown W.J., Matthews C.E., Bauman A.E., van der Ploeg H.B. (2013) Daily Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE; 8: 11: e80000.
  • 4. Erikssen G. (2001) Physical fitness and changes in mortality. The survival of the fittest. Sports Med., 31: 571–576.
  • 5. Fogelholm M., Malmberg J., Suni J., Santtila M., Kyröläinen H., Mäntysaari M., Oja P. (2006) International Physical Activity Questionnaire: Validity against fitness. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., 38: 753–760.
  • 6. Husu P., Paronen O., Suni J., Vasankari T. Suomalaisten fyysinen aktiivisuus ja kunto 2010. Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön julkaisuja, 2011: 15.
  • 7. Leavy J.E., Rosenberg M., Barnes R., Bauman A., Bull F.C. (2013) Would you Find Thirty online? Website use in a Western Australian physical activity campaign. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 24: 118–25.
  • 8. Männistö S., Laatikainen T., Vartiainen E. Suomalaisten lihavuus ennen ja nyt. Kansallinen FINRISKI 2012 – terveystutkimus. THL 4/2014. Finns Obesity then and now. National FINRISKI 2012 study.
  • 9. Physical Activity Pie. Physical activity guidelines. 2009. UKK Institute.
  • 10. Santtila M., Kyröläinen H., Vasankari T., Tiainen S., Palvalin K., Häkkinen A., Häkkinen K. (2006) Physical Fitness Profiles in Young Finnish Men during the Years 1975–2004. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., 38: 1990–1994.
  • 11. Vaara J., Ohrankämmen O., Vasankari T., Santtila M., Fogelholm M., Kokkonen E., Suni J., Pihlajamäki H., Mäntysaari M., Häkkinen A., Häkkinen K., Kyröläinen H. Reserviläisten fyysinen suorituskyky 2008. Pääesikunnan henkilöstöosasto 2009; ISBN 978-951-25-2023-7.
  • 12. Villiard H., Moreno M. (2012) Fitness on facebook: advertisements generated in response to profile content. Cyberpsychol. Behav. Soc. Netw., 15: 564-8.
  • 13. WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010 1. Chronic disease – prevention and control. 2. Chronic disease – epidemiology. 3. Chronic disease – mortality. 4. Cost of illness. 5. Delivery of health care. World Health Organization 2010. ISBN 978 92 4 156422 9 (NLM classification: WT 500), ISBN 978 92 4 068645 8.

Document Type

Publication order reference


YADDA identifier

JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.