Daily steps in midlife and older adults: Relationship with demographic, self-rated health, and self-reported physical activity

Tamara Payn, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Brent Hutto, John E. Vena, Michael J. LaMonte, Steven N. Blair, Steven P. Hooker

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Abstract

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 <.05) correlated with BMI (r = -.26), age (r = -.44) and perceived health (r =.53) but not with self-reported PA level (r = 19). The adjusted percentage of participants classified as meeting the PA recommendation in < 5, 000, 5, 001—9, 999, and ≥ 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-132
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Leisure time activity
  • Pedometer
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nephrology

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