Pedometers are perceived as useful tools for weight loss

Ashley R. Valentine, Leah Whigham, Sherry A. Tanumihardjo

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Abstract

Pedometers are used as motivational tools to encourage physical activity through Extension educational contacts. In conjunction with a community campaign, subjects (N = 60) enrolled in a weight-loss study were provided with pedometers. Participants recorded steps and responded to an evaluation. Step counts increased from baseline through 9 weeks (P ≤ 0.018) and correlated with goals (P ≤ 0.038). Participants who reported that the pedometer helped them achieve goals had greater fat and less fat-free mass at baseline than those who did not find it helpful. Pedometers benefit individuals by increasing activity and being perceived as useful for weight-loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community campaign
  • Pedometers
  • Physical activity
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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