Forget the inspirational tapes and cancel the personal trainer! People with diabetes looking for motivation when it comes to exercise may haveto look no further than the lowly pedometer.
Type 2 diabetics who wearpedometers to track the number of steps they take while walking for exerciserack up an extra 1,900 to 2,600 steps per day, compared with theirpedometer-less counterparts.
That's the conclusion of a recent six-week study involving 35 sedentary andoverweight people with diabetes conducted by the University of Michigan HealthSystem and Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Health System.
Researchers divided participants into two groups: One group's members countedall of the steps they took throughout the day; members of the second groupcounted only the steps they took while walking more than 10 minutes forexercise.
In either case, participants found themselves walking more per day because oftheir ability to accurately track their actual number of steps.
An added motivational factor may have been the USB ports that researchersinstalled on the pedometers. The ports connected study participants to a Website that tracked their steps and progress toward individual goals.
Stanford Study Reaches Similar Conclusion
In the same vein, a Stanford University database search of 26 studies involvingpedometer use shows that 2,767 adult participants increased the number of stepsthey took daily by an average of 2,183. That number amounted to an increase indaily physical activity of 27 percent.
This means that for a very low price – you can buy a good basic pedometer foraround $25 – the motivation to get up, get out and get walking can come in asurprisingly small package.