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Visualizing exercise hidden in everyday activity

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dc.contributor.advisor Brian K. Smith. en_US Hirzel, Timothy David, 1977- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US 2011-03-07T15:12:34Z 2011-03-07T15:12:34Z 2002 en_US 2002 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-71). en_US
dc.description.abstract Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and inactivity is a key factor in this health problem. One difficulty in promoting an active lifestyle is the idea that getting enough "exercise" means jogging, going to the gym, or riding an exercise bike for half and hour every day. While these activities are helpful, they can be daunting for an inactive person and difficult to plan into a busy schedule. Alternatively, many regular activities such as using stairs or walking to work can also provide healthy exercise. To bring attention to the exercise present in everyday activities, I created visualizations of full-time measurements of heart rate. These visualizations were designed to improve a person's sense of control over physical fitness. They show how everyday activities can accumulate into significant amounts of exercise. I conducted a pilot test of this device on a small number of subjects. These tests indicate that feedback of all-day heart rate measurements may lead to changes in beliefs about exercise. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Timothy David Hirzel. en_US
dc.format.extent 71 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title Visualizing exercise hidden in everyday activity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 50778054 en_US

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