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Pedometers may not provide a positive effect on walking activity

Butler, Lyra and Dwyer, Dan 2004, Pedometers may not provide a positive effect on walking activity, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 134-136.

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Title Pedometers may not provide a positive effect on walking activity
Author(s) Butler, Lyra
Dwyer, Dan
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 134
End page 136
Total pages 3
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Camperdown, NSW
Publication date 2004-08
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) electronic pedometers
objective measure
adherence
walking program
Summary Electronic pedometers are gaining credibility as a reliable method for objectively measuring physical activity. The feedback from a pedometer is immediate and objective, providing unbiased measure of physical activity to the individual. Previous research has shown that objective feedback has a positive effect on adherence. Other authors have suggested that a pedometer may be used as a motivational tool to enhance adherence to exercise programs. However, there is little evidence in the literature that this possibility has been investigated and measured. This study investigated the effect of feedback from a pedometer as an intervention strategy to increase adherence to a walking program. When used in a walking program that specifies a daily step count, a pedometer offers frequent and immediate feedback (positive and negative) on performance. Regular feedback on performance is likely to increase the likelihood of adherence to a walking program. 
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Australian Health Promotion Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058712

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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