Stay Connected and Keep Motivated: Modeling Activity Level of Exercise in an Online Fitness Community

  • Li ZengEmail author
  • Zack W. Almquist
  • Emma S. Spiro
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10914)


Recent years have witnessed a growing popularity of activity tracking applications. Previously work has focused on three major types of social interaction features in such applications: cooperation, competition and community. Such features motivate users to be more active in exercise and stay within the track of positive behavior change. Online fitness communities such as Strava encourage users to connect to peers and provide a rich set of social interaction features. Utilizing a large-scale behavioral trace data set, this work aims to analyze the dynamics of online fitness behaviors and network subscription as well as the relationship between them. Our results indicate that activeness of fitness behaviors not only has seasonal variations, but also vary by user group and how well users are connected in an online fitness community. These results provide important implications for studies on network-based health and design of application features for health promotion.


Fitness behaviors Social interaction Event history analysis Online fitness communities Social media Behavioral traces 



This material is based upon work supported by an Information School Strategic Research Award, University of Washington and the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information SchoolUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Sociology, School of Statistics, and Minnesota Population CenterUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Information School, Department of Sociology, Center for Statistics and the Social SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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