By Neuroscience News
With winter gradually receding, the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by improving diet and exercise becomes a key consideration.
Interestingly, artificial intelligence, particularly chatbots, has emerged as a potent ally in fostering healthier habits and lifestyles.
Researchers at the University of South Australia, in a pioneering review and meta-analysis, have discovered that chatbots can substantially enhance physical activity, dietary habits, and sleep.
These interactive AI entities, termed as chatbots or conversational agents, are adept at motivating individuals to increase their daily steps, incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet, and improve sleep quality and duration.
The researchers revealed that these AI-driven interventions resulted in an extra 735 steps per day, one additional serving of fruit and vegetables per day, and an additional 45 minutes of sleep per night..
Lead researcher, Dr. Ben Singh, highlights the potential of AI to transform healthcare delivery, emphasizing the appeal and effectiveness of chatbots in supporting healthy lifestyles.
The study also dispels the notion of chatbots being exclusively useful for younger, tech-savvy users, proving their effectiveness across different age groups.
While the application of AI in health and wellness holds immense potential, a blended approach of chatbots and human coaching is considered the most beneficial, providing a personalized and engaging support system for individuals striving for healthier lifestyles.