to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention less than half of all adults
meet Physical Activity Guidelines. Furthermore, less than 3 in 10 high school
students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Although
technology may be a causative factor in sedentary behavior, technology can be
used as a motivational tool for physical exercise
and reinforce proper exercise form.
Dr. David Rowe of the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde and Dr. MatthewMahar, Interim Chair of Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at East Carolina University have developed the Push-Up Pal, an inexpensive device that accurately counts and detects is pushups are performed correctly. Easily adaptable to different individuals, the Push-Up Pal hangs from the neck of a user and records each pushup achieved in the correct downward position. In addition to an easy to read digital display, the Push-Up Pal can voice-alert users to the total number of push ups completed. Accuracy is vital in physical fitness environments requiring achievement of base line standards, such as fitness tests for military, police and fire personnel.
Mahar, M. &Rowe, D. (2008).
Practical guidelines for valid and reliable youth fitness testing. Measurement
in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 12, 126-145.
Dr. Matthew Mahar is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Founding Director of the Activity Promotion Laboratory. His research focuses on the promotion and measurement of physical activity and fitness in youth. He has expertise in the measurement aspects of physical activity and fitness and is a member of the FITNESSGRAM®Scientific Advisory Board. Click to learn more...