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SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS ABOUT PEDOMETER – STEP COUNTER PROMOTES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

For a number of years, step counters have been used in health promotion. A survey evaluates the efficiency of such step counters regarding activity motivation and influence of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Analysts searched large medical databases and summaries on the efficiency of step counters for adults. The following factors were regarded: Study methods, number of participants, and number of steps per day, including information about weight/BMI, diabetes, high blood pressure and hyperlipidaemia (poor cholesterol values).

26 studies with a total of 2‘767 participant fulfilled the criteria. 85% of the participants were females with an average age of 49 years. The average observation time was 18 weeks.

The results showed that the participants increased their physical activity by 26.9% by using a step counter. The largest benefit was achieved if the participants aimed at a goal of example 10’000 steps. The BMI averaged a decrease of 0.38 and the systolic (upper) blood pressure reading of 3.8 mmHg. Conclusion: Step counters are efficient tools to increase the physical activity and lower BMI and blood pressure.

Using Pedometers to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Health JAMA 2007;298:2296-2304 - Dena M. Bravata et al.

«SOME CHEERED EACH OTHER. OTHERS SUDDENLY GOT STARTED WITH NORDIC WALKING, ALTHOUGH THEY HAD NEVER DONE IT BEFORE.»
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