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Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Motion Tracking-Based Online Fitness Program for Office Workers

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan 44033, Korea
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Healthcare 2021, 9(5), 584; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050584
Received: 4 April 2021 / Revised: 10 May 2021 / Accepted: 13 May 2021 / Published: 14 May 2021
The development of technology-based home fitness has emerged from the booming digital healthcare market and recent demands for at-home fitness and health equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital healthcare company Alyce Healthcare recently developed Weelo, which is a web-based online fitness program. Weelo recommends an exercise protocol through machine-learning-enabled recognition of the user’s motion and provides visual and auditory feedback. We evaluated whether Weelo improves physical and mental well-being to assess its capabilities and effectiveness. Thirty-two participants performed a total of 20 exercise sessions following the Weelo guide on a laptop. The participants were evaluated using a before and after exercise program, body composition, handgrip strength, six-minute walk test, modified star excursion balance test, short form 36, fatigue severity scale, Beck depression index, and a satisfaction survey. Overall, there was a significant improvement in muscle strength, endurance, and balance ability, as well as an improved quality of life and significant reduction in fatigue and depression. Participants showed high motivation to continue following the Weelo exercise program. In conclusion, utilizing Weelo improved physical and mental well-being and is considered to be an individual-use indoor exercise program that serves as an alternative to traditional face-to-face exercise. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; exercise; fitness; machine learning; physical activity COVID-19; exercise; fitness; machine learning; physical activity
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Joo, S.-Y.; Lee, C.-B.; Joo, N.-Y.; Kim, C.-R. Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Motion Tracking-Based Online Fitness Program for Office Workers. Healthcare 2021, 9, 584. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050584

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Joo S-Y, Lee C-B, Joo N-Y, Kim C-R. Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Motion Tracking-Based Online Fitness Program for Office Workers. Healthcare. 2021; 9(5):584. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050584

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Joo, Sun-Young, Chang-Bae Lee, Na-Young Joo, and Chung-Reen Kim. 2021. "Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Motion Tracking-Based Online Fitness Program for Office Workers" Healthcare 9, no. 5: 584. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050584

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