The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Do pedometers motivate physical activity and improve health?

    Last year this blog suggested that a pedometer would make a healthy Christmas present. This year, you were advised of the AARP offer of a free pedometer.

    But, did you get one?

    Here’s why you should have.

    First, the details.

    • To evaluate the association between pedometers and physical activity and health outcomes, researchers reviewed studies where at least 5 adults used a pedometer and reported a change in steps per day.
    • They found 26 studies of 2767 participants who were studied for an average of 18 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Pedometer users significantly increased their physical activity by 2183 steps per day — +27% compared to the start of the studies.
    • A predictor of increased physical activity was having a step goal such as 10,000 steps per day.
    • Pedometer users significantly decreased their body mass index by 0.38.
    • They also significantly decreased their systolic blood pressure by 3.8 mm Hg.
    • The change in blood pressure was greater in those with higher systolic blood pressure and a change in steps per day.

    Ms. Wendy Bumgardner, a certified marathon coach, has written all you’ll ever want to know about pedometers at About.com.

    11/22/07 18:55 JR

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