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ERIC Number: EJ867646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Step It up: Activity Intensity Using Pedometers
Graser, Susan Vincent; Pangrazi, Robert P.; Vincent, William J.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v80 n1 p22-24 Jan 2009
Pedometers are a popular tool among physical educators and recreation and fitness professionals for promoting and monitoring the physical activity of youths. Pedometers are particularly useful because they are reliable, inexpensive, and simple for youths to use and understand. However, pedometers also have some limitations, the greatest one being their inability to measure the intensity at which steps are accumulated. A measure of intensity is needed so that professionals can assess whether or not youths are meeting the recommendations for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). The purpose of this article is to help teachers, recreation and fitness professionals, and youths to use pedometer data to determine the intensity of physical activity. For that purpose, the authors conducted a study that identified a range of steps-per-minute that equates to MVPA. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A