Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Paraschak, Victoria (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Health Sciences, Human Development.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

In this study, I explored the use of an on-line environment to enhance a group fitness program, along with the benefits experienced through the use of the tool, and relationships fostered between participants and the researcher. Fourteen participants, who registered for indoor cycling during the Winter 2010 semester, initially signed up and 11 interacted on-line. The environment was set-up to allow social interaction among participants sharing indoor cycling as a common interest. On-line resources and discussion forums were rarely accessed. The chat section allowed eight participants to virtually pedal 900 miles to Florida. Two on-line focus groups allowed for interaction between two participants and the researcher. The on-line supplement provided minimal social support to participants and was not successful in increasing levels of physical activity. However, participants felt the tool would be useful in other more cohesive fitness classes.

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