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1- Department of Physical Education, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
2- General Education Center, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan
3- Department of Business Administration, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
4- Department of Leisure Services Management, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan ,
5- Institute of Physical Education and Health, Yulin Normal University, China
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Background. In the study of wearable device users, it was found that the intentional motives for using wearable devices were novelty and fun, and popular trends, but whether the needs and functions of device users will change due to the change of the time is the focus of this study. Objectives. The purpose of this study is to examine the path relationships among motivation of use, exercise commitment, and exercise engagement of users of wearable fitness devices. Methods. The subjects of the study were users of wearable fitness devices. The questionnaires were distributed online through purposive sampling. A total of 479 questionnaires were distributed, and 347 valid questionnaires were collected after excluding invalid questionnaires with an effective response rate of 72.4%. The response data were validated by descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation model. Results. The results of the study reveal that users of wearable fitness devices are mainly motivated by “informativeness” and “practicality and instrumentation”; motivation of use does not directly affect exercise engagement (t = 0.895, P < 0.056), and exercise commitment plays a mediating role between the motivation of use and exercise engagement; motivation of use positively affects exercise commitment, and exercise commitment positively affects exercise engagement (t = 3.856, P < 0.000). Conclusion. Wearable device users believe that the wearable devices can record their own exercise-related information, enhance exercise efficiency, and provide an easy-to-understand interface with a sense of entertainment and novelty technology, which support the device users to engage in physical activities. Commitment to exercise will influence the individual's continued engagement in exercise.
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It is stated that none of authors has any conflict of interest during conduct and publishing of this research from start to an end.
Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Exercise, Training and Health
Received: 2021/07/9 | Accepted: 2021/01/12

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