WALKING: Expert comments on fitness app that rewards exercise

Dr Nick Tiller, senior lecturer in applied physiology, spoke to The Irish Times about an app which ‘pays’ people to increase their step-count and whether there are long-term benefits of using monetary incentives to increase exercise.

Commenting on the Sweatcoin concept, Dr Nick Tiller said: “Sweatcoin might facilitate a short-term interest in increasing the daily step-count, but what are the long-term implications of this? By externalising subjective motivation – i.e. offering monetary rewards as incentives to physical activity – are we treating the underlying issues associated with poor lifestyle, such as education, time-management, and lack of concern for our own health?”

You can read the full interview here.

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