tRAppen is mobile web service developed to help people with inflammatory rheumatic conditions sustain a programme of regular physical activity and exercise.
tRAppen has been produced in consultation with people with rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapists and system developers.
tRAppen has been developed in association with the Swedish Rheumatism Association, We+, a corporate social network for training and exercise, and Stockholm county council (Project 4D), as part of a research project at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University.
Who can use tRAppen?
Do you need a little encouragement, inspiration and support to keep yourself going? Were you physically active before you became ill, or has your physiotherapist given you a exercise programme to follow? Then tRAppen can be just what you need!
tRAppen is for people with an inflammatory rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankolysing spondylitis (AS), systemisk lupus erythematosus (SLE) or myositis. It’s very easy to use and requires no technical skills, although it helps if you’ve had at least some experience of mobile phones and internet.
How does it work?
tRAppen is designed to help small groups of participants motivate each other to keep going and support each other during times of relapse.
tRAppen allows you to set a personal goal and logs your physical activities and exercise. It then gives you regular feedback on your progress and what the rest of your group have achieved.
The members of your group can come from different places, but if you have at least three others with you, you can also create your own local group.
How do I use tRAppen?
You can use tRAppen on your laptop, tablet or smartphone (works with either Apple or Android). Since it’s a web service, there’s no app to download. You just use your normal browser and simply log your physical activities. Whether you exercise alone or with others is completely up to you – there’s no need for your group to exercise together.
What kinds of activity can I log?
An activity session can involve any kind of physical activity lasting at least ten minutes that leaves you slightly out of breath and with a raised pulse. Maybe jogging is your thing, or perhaps a brisk walk. Coordination and balance exercises also count.
Here are some of the activities you can log:
Weight training, cycling, swimming, pole walking, brisk walks, yoga, skiing, golf, coordination exercises, rehab exercises and gardening. You can also log “getting from A to B” activities, such as walking to the bus or cycling to work as long as they meet the above time and intensity requirements.
“I know that if I do a morning programme as soon as I get up I feel much better for the rest of the day. tRAppen motivates me to do my morning session, if not every day at least almost. It also gives me suggestions for new exercises and techniques. This makes my morning sessions more fun and varied, and actually get done more often! Telling others how good I’ve been also spurs me on!”
“I’ve found tRAppen a great help. It inspires me and boosts my mood. I get a good response from the others in my group, which makes me feel happy and motivated to go out and exercise. It’s important to exercise when you’ve got a rheumatic disease. I strongly recommend tRAppen!”
What’s expected of me?
Being in a group means being physically active at a level that suits you and interacting with the others by sharing your progress and giving tips and encouragement.
You’re also expected to commit to your group for six months, at which point tRAppen will ask you if you want to continue or leave your group. The reason for this is that tRAppen is designed for you to get to know each other and offer mutual support. Leaving will therefore affect the group, but not to worry – someone can come in to take your place.
How do I sign up?
When everything’s ready, you’ll receive a welcome email from We+ (the company that provides tRAppen) containing a link to your tRAppen group. Once you’ve entered your current level of physical activity and what you want to achieve (i.e. your goal), you’re ready to go! Your group should really be self-running, but help is naturally at hand if you have any problems or queries.
Watch the video on how tRAppen was developed
Responsible for tRAppen is Åsa Revenäs, RPT, PhD.
Information for medical and health professionals
Medical and health professionals who want to know more about the service and how it can help their patients can find further information here.
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