Transforming wellness
: perceptions on the impact of innovative digital technologies in fitness centers

  • Bernardo Leony Filho (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study investigates the relationship between promoting wellness and physical activity using innovative digital technology. We highlight the undeniable connection between regular physical activity and well-being. We also address the pressing issue of the physical inactivity epidemic and the need for diverse strategies to combat it. The main focus of this study is the crucial role of innovative digital technologies in fitness facilities. Firstly, it aims to elucidate the potential impact of these technologies, exploring how they can transform health and well-being by providing personalized guidance, facilitating instant access to data, and enhancing the overall user experience. Secondly, it investigates the diverse perspectives of users and consumers, shedding light on their experiences and concerns when engaging with these technologies. Lastly, it places significant emphasis on understanding the impacts on the healthcare system and explores sustainable ways for organizations to adopt these technologies, including the business aspects. Despite the potential benefits of digital technologies, we identify obstacles, including user resistance and privacy concerns. However, we also recognize the evident potential for enhancing well-being. Based on our findings, we offer practical suggestions for stakeholders, such as the Health Ministry and facility managers. To utilize digital technology for wellness, these guidelines emphasize informed decision-making, data protection, education, and collaboration. Cutting-edge digital technologies hold the potential to improve population’s health boost fitness center productivity and, consequently the quality of health care and system effectiveness. To effectively promote wellness, this study urges stakeholders to embrace digital opportunities while addressing related challenges.
Date of Award1 Feb 2024
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorHenrique Martins (Supervisor)


  • Chronic diseases
  • Digital technology
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Fitness
  • Apps
  • Mobile health
  • Healthcare
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity
  • Quality of life
  • Well-being
  • Wellness


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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