Fitness bands put to the test

Fitness bands

The popularity of fitness bands has risen in the past few years, but how useful are they in making us more physically active?

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria are planning to find out.

Funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, the ACTIVATE Trial aims to investigate whether fitness bands are a useful method for increasing activity among breast cancer survivors.

Despite physical activity helping improve the health of cancer patients after treatment, new Australian research shows only 16 percent of breast cancer survivors meet physical activity guidelines.

The data also suggest that breast cancer survivors sit for over eight hours a day, which may contribute to additional health problems.

Cancer Council Victoria Senior Research Fellow, Dr Brigid Lynch, has done extensive research into the impact of a sedentary lifestyle. She now wants to use fitness bands as tools to help breast cancer survivors become more active and sit less.

"We know that women who exercise regularly after a breast cancer diagnosis have better health outcomes, including higher rates of survival. Unfortunately, few breast cancer survivors do enough activity to achieve these benefits," she says.

"Our research will test whether using fitness bands will help survivors to become more active."

As part of the trial, participants will receive a FREE Garmin Vivofit2®, which they will be asked to wear for 12 weeks.

You can take part if:

  • You've been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • You've completed your treatment
  • You are post-menopausal
  • You lead an inactive or sedentary lifestyle

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Brigid Lynch, at Cancer Council Victoria on (03) 9514 6209 or email brigid.lynch@cancer.vic.org.au.

 

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Updated: 02 Nov, 2016