Current research evidence suggests a relation between physical activity and self-image. In general, a high physical activity level positively influences self-image. However, when exercising because of low body satisfaction reasons such as weight control (Tiggerman, 2000), the negative self-image is reinforced: a downwards spiral can be realised.
Through design I believe I am able to establish an upward spiral: where a positive self-image engages a higher physical activity level which positively influences self-image. My vision is to use this upwards spiral as a design opportunity to positively influence self-image based upon physical activities in the short term, to stimulate being physically active on long term.