Validity of the inexpensive Stepping Meter in counting steps in free living conditions: a pilot study

De Cocker, K. and Cardon, G. and De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2006) Validity of the inexpensive Stepping Meter in counting steps in free living conditions: a pilot study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40 (8). pp. 714-716. ISSN 0306-3674


OBJECTIVES: To evaluate if inexpensive Stepping Meters are valid in counting steps in adults in free living conditions.

METHODS: For six days, 35 healthy volunteers wore a criterion Yamax Digiwalker and five Stepping Meters every day until all 973 pedometers had been tested. Steps were recorded daily, and the differences between counts from the Digiwalker and the Stepping Meter were expressed as a percentage of the valid value of the Digiwalker step counts. The criterion used to determine if a Stepping Meter was valid was a maximum deviation of 10% from the Digiwalker step counts.

RESULTS: A total of 252 (25.9%) Stepping Meters met the criterion, whereas 74.1% made an overestimation or underestimation of more than 10%. In more than one third (36.6%) of the invalid Stepping Meters, the deviation was greater than 50%. Most (64.8%) of the invalid pedometers overestimated the actual steps taken.

CONCLUSIONS: Inexpensive Stepping Meters cannot be used in community interventions as they will give participants the wrong message.

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Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2019 23:50
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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; equipment design; ergometry; economics; instrumentation; standards; female; male; humans; health promotion; middle Aged; monitoring; ambulatory economics; pilot projects; reproducibility of results; walking
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
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