London: Researchers have found that people who use pedometers to count their steps as part of a 12-week walking programme, can have a healthier, more active lifestyle later.
According to the researchers, brisk walking for 30 minutes or more daily on most days of the week can help adults and older adults achieve important health benefits.
“We knew that pedometers could improve physical activity levels in the population in the short-term, but long-term health benefits require sustained increases in physical activity levels,” said co-author of the study, Tess Harris, Professor of Primary Care Research at St George’s, University of London.
For the study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, researchers compared adults and older adults in two 12-week walking programmes who were using pedometers, with people who did not receive the pedometers and advice.
The result showed that the pedometer groups were still doing more physical activity three to four years later.
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