Pedometer use associated with weight loss

A recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) article demonstrated improvements in physical activity, BMI, and blood pressure in groups of people fitted with pedometers. It was a meta-analysis (summary of multiple similar studies) of results over an average of 18 weeks. I read the actual print article (always better than just the abstract). It seems like an obvious conclusion; really no groundbreaking science here, but there are a few take-home points for me.

It certainly confirms that my 1st “Tenet of Effective Weight Loss” is alive and working in real-life, that being the importance of keeping a record. Human nature is such that if you give someone a pedometer he/she will challenge him/herself to actually use it and to aim for improvement.

Primarily, I like the fact that this study demonstrates that such a simple intervention regarding physical activity can result in measurable changes in one’s health, in a relatively short period of time.

The 10,000 Steps program has evolved recently as a motivator to incorporate more physical activity into our daily routines. It doesn’t take much to make a difference, especially if you are relatively inactive.


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