Effects of a 10,000 steps per day goal in overweight adults

Patrick L. Schneider, David R. Bassett, Dixie L. Thompson, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Kenneth Bielak

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Purpose. This study was designed (1) to examine the effects of a 10,000 steps·d-1 exercise prescription on sedentary, overweight/obese adults, and (2) to examine the effects of adherence on body composition and cardiovascular risk factors. Methods. Fifty-six overweight/obese adults participated in the study. Body composition and cardiovascular risk factors were determined at baseline, 20 weeks, and 36 weeks. Adherence, was defined as averaging ≥ 9500 steps·d-1 from week 4 to week 36. Results. 38 participants (68%) wore pedometers daily for 36 weeks and, were available for posttesting. Significant improvements were noted in mean values for walking volume. (3994 steps·d-1), body weight (-2.4 kg), body mass index (-0.8 kg·m-2), percentage body fat, (-1.9%), fat mass (-2.7 kg), waist circumstances (-1.8 cm), hip circumference (-1.9 cm) and high-density lipoprotein (3 mg/dl). The adherers had large improvements in body composition measures, whereas the nonadherers showed little, or no change in these variables. Discussion. A 10,000 steps·d-1 exercise prescription resulted in weight loss over 36 weeks in previously sedentary, overweight/obese adults. Adherence to the step goal had, a marked, effect on the outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Body Composition
Prescriptions
HDL3 Lipoprotein
Exercise
Body Weights and Measures
medication
Walking
Adipose Tissue
Hip
Weight Loss
Body Mass Index
Fats
Body Weight
body weight

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Effects of a 10,000 steps per day goal in overweight adults. / Schneider, Patrick L.; Bassett, David R.; Thompson, Dixie L.; Pronk, Nicolaas P.; Bielak, Kenneth.

In: American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol. 21, No. 2, 01.01.2006, p. 85-89.

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Schneider, Patrick L. ; Bassett, David R. ; Thompson, Dixie L. ; Pronk, Nicolaas P. ; Bielak, Kenneth. / Effects of a 10,000 steps per day goal in overweight adults. In: American Journal of Health Promotion. 2006 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 85-89.
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