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ERIC Number: EJ840541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Daily Steps in Midlife and Older Adults: Relationship with Demographic, Self-Rated Health, and Self-Reported Physical Activity
Payn, Tamara; Pfeiffer, Karin A.; Hutto, Brent; Vena, John E.; LaMonte, Michael J.; Blair, Steven N.; Hooker, Steven P.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v79 n2 p128-132 Jun 2008
The relationship between average daily step counts and age, body mass index (BMI), self-reported physical activity (PA) level, and perceived health was determined in 85 middle-aged and older adults who wore a pedometer for 7 consecutive days. Average daily steps were significantly (p less than 0.05) correlated with BMI (r = -0.26), age (r = -0.44) and perceived health (r = 0.53) but not with self-reported PA level (r = 0.19). The adjusted percentage of participants classified as meeting the PA recommendation in less than or equal to 5,000, 5,001-9,999, and greater than or equal to 10,000 steps/day categories ranged from 53 to 61%. These findings support previous evidence in younger populations suggesting that the recommended minimal level of health-related PA may be achieved despite not accumulating 10,000 steps/day. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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