Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Pedometer use increases physical activity

Spring 2008

A small, inexpensive device worn at the hip could be the key to ramping up a person’s physical activity. Stanford researchers have found that the use of a pedometer is associated with a significant increase in physical activity, weight loss and improvements in blood pressure.

“These devices were shown to increase activity by about one mile of walking per day,” said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, a senior research scientist in medicine. “This goes a long way toward helping people meet national guidelines for daily activity.”

Federal guidelines recommend that adults get at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, and several national organizations recommend that adults walk 10,000 steps each day.

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