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Am J Health Promot. 2004 Jan-Feb;18(3):217-20.

A preliminary study on the impact of a pedometer-based intervention on daily steps.

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213 Costello Complex, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME 04038, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the effects of an 8-week, pedometer-based lifestyle physical activity intervention on physical activity levels.

METHODS:

Participants were 37 college employees who volunteered to participate in the study. The intervention consisted of goal setting, pedometer use, self-monitoring, and weekly e-mail reminders. Physical activity measures (pedometer, survey) were taken at baseline and immediately following the intervention. A t-test for paired samples was used to determine significant changes in measures.

RESULTS:

Results indicate a significant increase in average daily steps (p < .01), from 8565 (+/- 3121) steps at baseline to 10,538 (+/- 3681) steps after the program. Participants who averaged fewer than 6000 steps and obese participants experienced the greatest increase.

DISCUSSION:

Although preliminary, this study indicates that the minimal contact, self-managed, pedometer-based lifestyle intervention was effective in increasing the daily physical activity of participants. Given the combination of behavioral techniques used, a recommendation for future studies would be to examine the impact of individual behavioral techniques on daily physical activity.

PMID:
14748310
DOI:
10.4278/0890-1171-18.3.217
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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