09:25am Monday 20 November 2017

New Year's resolution: Picture a healthier you

QUT Masters research student Allison Dobson is seeking people willing to test a new program that uses mental imagery and a mobile phone app to turn couch potatoes and lacklustre exercise enthusiasts into dedicated fitness fanatics.

“The program is called `Functional Imagery Training’ (FIT),” Ms Dobson said.

“It teaches people how to use sensory imagery to make positive choices that will improve their lives, like increasing levels of physical activity.”

Participants in the program will attend two sessions where they will be taught the skill of functional imagery. A mobile phone app will act as a supporting prompt after the sessions, to help people keep on track with their exercise goals.

“We all know those people who just seem to be able to get up in the morning and go for a run, no matter what,” she said. “That kind of motivation can be achieved through use of imagery.

“The more vivid the image of what we want to achieve, the stronger our desire and motivation will be to achieve it. This leads us to engage in behaviours that will achieve our desire, such as getting out of bed to go for that run in the morning.

“The app helps by providing reminders of how and when to get into that headspace.”

This study is open to anyone who:
Is aged between 18 and 65 years.
Is currently doing less than 90 minutes of physical activity each week.
Does not have a known medical condition that prevents them from participating in moderate intensity physical activity.
Has not been advised to abstain from physical activity by a medical practitioner.
Is not pregnant.
Has never been diagnosed with an eating disorder.
Has the full-time use of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you would like to participate, contact Allison at allison.dobson@student.qut.edu.au.

Ms Dobson’s supervisor, Dr Jennifer Connolly, is available for interviews on 0417 197 170.

Media Inquires: Amanda Horswill, a.horswill@qut.edu.au, 07 3138 1150.


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