Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Promoting Physical Activity among Sedentary Women Using Pedometers. (Psychology)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Promoting Physical Activity among Sedentary Women Using Pedometers. (Psychology)

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a daily 10,000-step goal versus a personal step goal on step counts and adherence in sedentary women with different baseline activity levels. A secondary purpose was to investigate the effects of these goals on perceived competence. Ninety-two sedentary women (Mage = 43.2, SD = 12.1) were used in the final analyses. Four cohorts of women participated in three phases of data collection, which included recording: (a) 1 week of baseline step counts, (b) 3 weeks of treatment step goals, and (c) a follow-up questionnaire. Repeated measures analyses of variance were used to assess differences in treatment (2), baseline activity level (3), and time (4). The main effect for treatment showed no difference in step counts, F(1, 86) = 1.99, p= .162. The primary result for adherence showed only a significant interaction between treatment and baseline activity level, F(2, 86) = 4.51, p= .014. Last, a significant increase in perceived competence over time was found, F( 1,83) = 6. …

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