Pedometers Increase Physical Activity & Decrease Sitting


Research, presented by the American College of Sports Science, shows that using a pedometer aids in less time spent sitting or being sedentary and more time spent being physically active. This study is the first to use pedometers to monitor and reduce sitting time and the first to examine the amount of physical activity versus structured exercise people throughout the day.

The study included 22 women and 4 men, all between the ages of 40 and 66.

Participants completed a 12-week program wearing their pedometers everyday as well as receiving nutrition and exercise tips twice a week. Participants were also encouraged to be active during periods of the day when they generally were sedentary, such as time spent sitting in front of the TV or at the office.

Following the program, researchers found a significant decrease in sitting time and a significant increase in physical activity. Additionally, the average weight decreased by 2.5 pounds for each week spent using the pedometer.

“This is a very simple intervention that can reach a large number of people at a low cost,” said Jeanne Johnston, co-author of the study and clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology. “As companies and communities develop programs to increase physical activity and positively impact health parameters such as weight, there is a need to think of the associated costs.”

The LifeSpan MyStride Activity Monitor provides more functionality than a traditional pedometer. The flip USB drive lets users upload their walking activity into their LifeSpan Fitness Club account giving users the ability to track and monitor activity levels over an extended period of time. The Club also allows users to monitor health metrics, set and track goal progression, as well create and join exercise teams.

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