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Res Q Exerc Sport. 2007 Dec;78(5):401-6.

Effect of a pedometer-based intervention on daily step counts of community-dwelling older adults.

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  • 1Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences, University of Southern Maine, Gorham 04038, USA.


This study investigated the effect of a 12-week pedometer-based intervention on daily step counts of 147 older adults randomly assigned to an intervention or wait-list control group (M age = 72.9 years, SD = 8.8). The intervention group significantly increased their daily step counts after 12 weeks (M=639, SD=2239) and continued to significantly increase during a 12-week maintenance period (M=680, SD=1721). The control group exhibited no change during the control period (M = -393, SD=2050) but had a significant increase in daily step counts (M=1580, SD=2305) when enrolled in the intervention. The pedometer-based intervention was effective in increasing participants' daily step counts.

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