Healthy Living / August 15, 2013

Smartphone Fitness Problems

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Smartphones can reduce levels

Hmm, we’ve all heard that you can use fabulous applications to improve your fitness aptitude, but never that smartphones can decrease fitness. Well, that’s what researchers Jacob Barkley and Andrew Lepp, faculty members in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio, say. They found that high smartphone use was linked to poor fitness in college students. “More than 300 college students from the Midwest were surveyed on their cellphone usage and activity level. Of those students, 49 had their fitness level and body composition tested. The researchers’ results showed that students who spent large amounts of time on their cellphones – as much as 14 hours per day – were less fit than those who averaged a little more than 90 minutes of cellphone use daily.” Try using fitness applications for good, not bad. See:

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