Interviewee #1 | Physically Active with Training Program
Rick has been doing interval training during the past four months via videos. Within that time span, Rick had lost 15lbs and has reduced his training down to every other day (instead of everyday) since he achieved his initial goal. He is no longer motivated to train as hard and when asked what would get him motivated again, he replied with “… a new goal.”
The devices that Rick used for his training included his smartphone, which doubled as an interval timer, along with his Wii fit board, which was used to measure his weight. Forms of feedback included his persnal mirror and the amount of physical stress induced by interval training.
When asked how he felt now in comparison to before, he responded with:
I feel better and no longer feel like a fatass. This is what I felt like 10 years ago when I used to run track. I have more energy and I fit into clothes better.
For Rick, the factors that got him started four months ago were “self-respect and discipline.” Initially, he was focused on reaching his goal and didn’t think much of the process. Now, the process of working out has become more important than the goal itself.
Interviewee #2 | Commuting in the City
Over a quick conversation, Janice informed me that there is no way she would pass up on public transportation if she was in non-walkable footwear, e.g. high heels. When asked what was the most important factor that played into getting from one place to another within the city, she replied with “time.” In the context of more comfortable footwear, Janice said that she would be more likely to walk if she knew that it would be a quicker alternative to waiting for a bus or a train when traveling from point a to point b.
Interviewee #3 | Physically Active with Training Program
Sam used to participate in the Weight Watcher’s program until he achieved his set goal. He now maintains a healthy lifestyle by eating healthier and biking more.
According to Sam, the program was easy to follow. Steps were broken down with brochures being sent out each week explaining how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To further motivate Weight Watcher members, meetings were set up. At the meetings, members would: 1) weigh in 2) have their booklets updated with the amount of weight lost 3) be given rewards for achieving certain goal, e.g. keychains, stickers.
For Sam, “the gym is no fun,” which was why Weight Watchers and biking were better alternatives. According to Sam, biking provided quadruple benefits: 1) not having to ride the crowded subway 2) takes less time to get from point a to point b 3) exercise and 4) contributes to feeling better afterwards.
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Interviewee #4 | Commuting in the City
DEW doesn’t work out because he has no money for a gym membership and lacks the equipment needed to work out at home. Currently, he believes that he is not in any imminent health danger and hates to run because it bothers his knees.
After moving into the city 5 months ago, within the first 3 months, he lost 10-12lbs., which according to him was all from the increased amount of walking since he mostly drove when he lived back in NJ. Now, he feels like he has more energy, more life, and a better self-esteem. Prior to moving into the city, DEW used to hate walking, but now, he enjoys the walk because it is a form of exercise and he doesn’t mind people watching.
During his commute to school via NYC subway, DEW transfers between stops in order to shorten his commute time. For example, he takes the N train to 57th & 7th st and transfers over to the A at Columbus Circle where he would then head north on the west side. Although this requires him to walk out of the station and into the other, it takes less time than if he were to take the N to 42nd street and then transfer to the A.
Interviewee #5 | Physically Active with Training Program
According to R.L., he doesn’t set goals when using his Nike+ because he knows that he will never acheive them. Instead, he uses his data set from his last run (time, pace, and calories burned) to motivate him to do better on the next run.