Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pedometers Encourage Increased Activity

Remember when you vowed to increase your physical activity, joined a gym, or planned to go for a walk or a jog daily? Like most of us, you probably didn't follow through for long. Giving up on an exercise program can be costly, not just in terms of our health either - think of all the money wasted on that gym membership.

But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that using a small and inexpensive device, called a pedometer, increased physical activity in those wearing it. The pedometer measures the number of steps a person takes. While wearing a pedometer, the average person in the study took 2,183 extra steps per day - the equivalent of an extra mile of walking.

The study also found that pedometer wearers lost weight and had improvements in their blood pressure readings.

"The results suggest that the use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index and blood pressure. Whether these changes are durable over the long term is undetermined."


JAMA

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