Pedometers are used as motivational tools to encourage physical activity through Extension educational contacts. In conjunction with a community campaign, subjects (N = 60) enrolled in a weight-loss study were provided with pedometers. Participants recorded steps and responded to an evaluation. Step counts increased from baseline through 9 weeks (P ≤ 0.018) and correlated with goals (P ≤ 0.038). Participants who reported that the pedometer helped them achieve goals had greater fat and less fat-free mass at baseline than those who did not find it helpful. Pedometers benefit individuals by increasing activity and being perceived as useful for weight-loss.
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Valentine, A. R., Whigham, L., & Tanumihardjo, S. (2009). Pedometers Are Perceived as Useful Tools for Weight Loss. The Journal of Extension, 47(2), Article 21. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss2/21