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  • Nancy Otero notero@stanford.edu Are you motivated? Take advantage of it!
  • The Future of Behavior Imagine you could have a motivation sensor that will know how motivated you are at any time about physical activity and will guide you to take advantage of those high motivation moments for shaping your future physical activity behavior. Get a trainer, buy a bike, join a hiking club, sell your car. Imagine that the sensor could tell also when you are not highly motivated and help you to make physical activities easy to you. Remain you to stand up every half hour, park the car one parking spot further, etc.
  • The Importance of Recognizing Motivation We want to change behavior:  For a single occasion  For a span of time  To increase frequency of current behavior  To decrease frequency of current behavior  To stop behavior When people are motivated behavioral change is easier. If we are able to recognize high motivation we can use it to make future behavior easier
  • How to recognize when people want to be more physically active? Novice  They don’t incorporate physical activity in their routines and have never been physically active for long time in their lives  They are in the peek of the motivation wave when they are feeling much better than usual (have a new job, new partner, achieve a goal) or have a crisis (health problem, break up, depression)  They feel motivated by the possible consequences of physical activities: beauty, health, strength, socialization
  • Measuring Novice How to measure their motivation:  How well they sleep (sleep tracker), eat (calories intake), and socialize (social media activity, number of phone calls, and text messages)  How is their present (number of emails, money in the bank, number of days for pay day, hormonal cycle period)  What consequence of physical activity is relevant to them (beauty, health, strength, socialization)
  • How to recognize when people want to be more physically active? Experienced  They are engage in physical activity in their daily lives or have been  They are in the peek of the motivation wave when they miss the feeling of doing physical activity (they feel weak, fat, thin, stressed, stiff, sad)  They feel motivated by seeing something that remains them of what they like about the physical activity (people dancing, someone carrying heavy box, healthy young people)
  • Measuring Experienced How to measure their motivation:  How well they sleep (sleep tracker), eat (calories intake), and socialize (social media activity, number of phone calls, and text messages)  Last time they did a physical activity (my theory is that there is a threshold when they reach the maximum missing of doing it)  What consequence of physical activity is relevant to them (beauty, health, strength, socialization)
  • Ideas, Suggestions, Questions, Comments  Nancy Otero notero@stanford.edu