The effect of pedometer use in combination with cognitive and behavioral support materials to promote physical activity

De Cocker, Katrien A. and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse M. and Cardon, Greet M. (2008) The effect of pedometer use in combination with cognitive and behavioral support materials to promote physical activity. Patient Education and Counseling, 70 (2). pp. 209-214. ISSN 0738-3991


Abstract

OBJECTIVE: 1. To demonstrate that combining pedometer use with cognitive and behavioral support materials has a positive effect on physical activity (PA) and attitudes towards pedometer use. 2. To investigate how familiar the study sample is with pedometers and the '10,000 steps/day' recommendation. METHODS: From a random sample, drawn from the phone book, 304 volunteered (18-75 year) to complete a questionnaire about familiarity with pedometers and the '10,000 steps/day' recommendation. A sample of 103 participants agreed to wear a pedometer for 3 weeks, and was randomly assigned to a condition with cognitive and behavioral support materials (n=51) or without these materials (n=52). Participants completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire before and after 21 days of pedometer use and an additional questionnaire on the attitudes towards pedometer use. RESULTS: More than 58% had never heard of a pedometer. In both conditions, walking (F=10, p=0.002), moderate PA (F=11, p=0.001), and vigorous PA (F=14, p<0.001) increased over time, however no interaction effects could be found. Significantly more participants in the condition with support materials had a positive attitude towards pedometer use. CONCLUSION: Wearing a pedometer, with or without support materials, may increase PA. In our study, cognitive and behavioral support materials only affected attitudes towards pedometer use. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: More research is needed to investigate the effect of combining pedometer use with support materials on a longer time base and in less motivated people.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 06:04
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 02:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: sedentary behaviour; physical activity; step counter; self monitoring; 10,000 steps/day
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
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2007.10.008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37047

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