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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.

Abstract

Background:

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

Aims:

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.

Methods:

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.

Results:

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).

Conclusions:

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.

KEYWORDS:

Exercise; fitness tracker; health promotion; walking; workplace

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