Excuse Me While I Clip on Some Motivation

| Dec 26, 2007

Forget the inspirational tapes and cancel the personal trainer! People with diabetes looking for motivation when it comes to exercise may have to look no further than the lowly pedometer.

Type 2 diabetics who wear pedometers to track the number of steps they take while walking for exercise rack up an extra 1,900 to 2,600 steps per day, compared with their pedometer-less counterparts.

That's the conclusion of a recent six-week study involving 35 sedentary and overweight people with diabetes conducted by the University of Michigan Health System and Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Health System.

Researchers divided participants into two groups: One group's members counted all of the steps they took throughout the day; members of the second group counted only the steps they took while walking more than 10 minutes for exercise.

In either case, participants found themselves walking more per day because of their ability to accurately track their actual number of steps.

An added motivational factor may have been the USB ports that researchers installed on the pedometers. The ports connected study participants to a Web site that tracked their steps and progress toward individual goals.

Stanford Study Reaches Similar Conclusion

In the same vein, a Stanford University database search of 26 studies involving pedometer use shows that 2,767 adult participants increased the number of steps they took daily by an average of 2,183. That number amounted to an increase in daily physical activity of 27 percent.

This means that for a very low price - you can buy a good basic pedometer for around $25 - the motivation to get up, get out and get walking can come in a surprisingly small package.

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Posted by Ladybird on 29 December 2007

I got a pedometer AFTER I had lost about 30 lbs and do see it helps me to push me to walk farther than I would do ordinarily. I do think the 10,000 steps a day is a little tough to do every day since that is about 5 miles, which is difficult to do every day but yes, definitely a goal to aim for. 3 miles is a much easier goal to aim for first and then then the 5 miles. But it's different for everyone, it's just my experience..for somebody who can walk to work it's an almost an easy task to do.

We all need to exercise, though, a "bit" more, as all the "experts" are finding out now to keep healthy.

Posted by Anonymous on 29 December 2007

I love to use a pedometer and agree that it helps jack up the number steps. I even take an extra evening walk if it is not up to goal by evening.
HOWEVER, just as watches fail to run on me so do pedometers after a short time. Thre or four days max and it is no longer working. Does anyone know of reliable non-battery operated ones and where to get them?

Posted by Ladybird on 4 January 2008

The "Omron"/Walking style pedometer available online for about $ 20.00, is very good. Have been using it now for almost a year now and it's not let me down. I just changed the battery last month, so that's pretty good. It tells us our total steps, aerobic steps, miles and calories lost.

Posted by Anonymous on 6 January 2008

Sounds good but I think I need one without a battery.

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