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Location Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
App. deadline 31/10/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Effects of electronic bikes (ebikes) on physical activity and cardiometabolic health in at-risk populations

Physical inactivity remains a global pandemic, and effective, cost-effective and equitable approaches for promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary lifestyles remain elusive. Research studies point to a number of key barriers to participation in physical activity, including lack of time, and lack of enjoyable exercise opportunities.  

Electronic bicycles (e-bike) may be particularly effective at reducing these barriers to active transport use, because they give users greater control over their levels of exertion and increase feelings of exercise ‘self-efficacy’, at the same time as providing a significant extension of the active transport radius (from 5km out to 15km).

This project will investigate the potential of a technology-based intervention to initiate and maintain physical activity for people at risk of diabetes.  Specifically, the PhD will explore the potential effects of an eBike intervention on levels of physical activity, cardio-respiratory fitness, and metabolic health; physiological mechanisms will also be examined. The PhD will also investigate the use of smartphone applications to capture ebike use and habitual activity.

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