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Int J Prev Med. 2019 Apr 26;10:49. doi: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_378_17. eCollection 2019.

Effectiveness of Pedometer-Based Walking Program to Improve Physical Activity of Workers in a Software Industry: An Experimental Study.

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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, JIPMER, Puducherry, India.



Workplace acts as an efficient target for health promotion activities. Pedometer can act as a motivator and monitor of physical activity.


The aim of the study was to assess the effect of pedometer usage in increasing physical activity and the level of adherence among employees of a software company in Puducherry.


An interventional study was conducted with a prepost design. A single group of software company employees (n = 46), age ≥30 years selected by simple random sampling, was included in the study. Intervention consisted of health education program on physical activity, goal setting, and instructions regarding the use of pedometers for 1 week. Physical activity levels were measured at baseline and endline using global physical activity questionnaire.


Out of the 46 participants, 93% of the participants used the pedometer for at least 6 days. The difference between maximum observed step count during the week (median 9834 steps) and at baseline (6963 steps) was significant. Overall, 93.5% found pedometers to be useful for improving physical activity. Proportion of individuals with adequate physical activity based on Metabolic equivalents (MET) minutes increased from 41.3% (n = 19) at baseline to 69.6% at endline (n = 32) (P = 0.004).


This study shows that a pedometer-driven walking intervention in the workplace setting is feasible and effective in increasing physical activity over a short term. Further research is required to test the effect of supportive strategies and long-term effectiveness of pedometer use.


Exercise; fitness tracker; health promotion; walking; workplace

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