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Pedometer Evidence

There is a solid body of research evidence that supports the use of pedometers within programmes to encourage people to walk more. Pedometers work because they provide objective feedback to the user on how many steps they have done each day. This can be matched to individual targets, such as the popular '10,000 steps a day' target. 

Some of the key research papers are show below. For a full compendium of pedometer research, see the website of our partner company New Lifestyles.

Papers showing pedometer programmes are effective

Bravata DM, Smith-Spangler C, Sundaram V, Gienger AL, Lin N,Lewis R, Stave CD, Olkin I, Sirard JR.Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health: a systematic review. JAMA. 2007 Nov 21;298(19):2296-304.

Richardson CR, Newton TL, Abraham JJ, Sen A, Jimbo M, Swartz AM. Ameta-analysis of pedometer-based walking interventions and weight loss. Ann FamMed. 2008 Jan-Feb;6(1):69-77.

 

Research evidence consistently ranks the New Lifestyles Digi Walker and NL series piezoelectric pedometers as the best in their class. Example of papers are shown below:

Papers validating pedometers (to investigate how accurately they measure steps)

Schneider PL, Crouter SE, Bassett DR. Pedometer measures of free-livingphysical activity: comparison of 13 models. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004Feb;36(2):331-5 

Crouter SE, Schneider PL, Bassett DR Jr. Spring-levered versus piezo-electric pedometer accuracy in overweight and obese adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005Oct;37(10):1673-9.

Marsh AP, Vance RM, Frederick TL, Hesselmann SA, Rejeski WJ. Objectiveassessment of activity in older adults at risk for mobility disability. Med SciSports Exerc. 2007 Jun;39(6):1020-6

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