Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Feb;43(2):312-8. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181e9d99a.

Stride rate recommendations for moderate-intensity walking.

Author information

  • 1School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. david.rowe@strath.ac.uk

Abstract

Current physical activity guidelines recommend physical activity of at least moderate intensity to gain health benefits. Previous studies have recommended a moderate-intensity walking cadence of 100 steps per minute for adults, but the influence of height or stride length has not been investigated.

PURPOSE:

the purpose of the current study was to determine the role of height and stride length in moderate-intensity walking cadence in adults.

METHODS:

seventy-five adults completed three treadmill walking trials and three overground walking trials at slow, medium, and fast walking speeds while V˙O2 was measured using indirect calorimetry. Five stride length-related variables were also measured.

RESULTS:

mixed model regression analysis demonstrated that height explained as much variability in walking intensity at a given cadence as did two different measures of leg length and two different stride length tests.

CONCLUSIONS:

the previous general recommendations of 100 steps per minute were supported for use where a simple public health message is needed. Depending on height, moderate-intensity walking cadence can vary by more than 20 steps per minute, from 90 to 113 steps per minute for adults 198 to 152 cm tall, respectively. Height should therefore be taken into consideration for more precise evaluation or prescription of walking cadence in adults to provide health benefits.

PMID:
20543754
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk