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The effects of an incremental approach to 10,000 steps/day on metabolic syndrome components in sedentary overweight women.
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PMID:  21088304     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Pedometer programs can increase physical activity in sedentary individuals, a population that is at risk for developing metabolic syndrome and each of its individual components. Although the popular 10,000 steps/day recommendation has shown to induce many favorable health benefits, it may be out of reach for sedentary individuals. This study observed the effects of incremental increases in steps/day on metabolic syndrome components in sedentary overweight women.
METHODS: This study was a longitudinal, quasi-experimental design. Participants were recruited from a 12-week work-site pedometer program and grouped as either 'active' or 'control' after the intervention based on their steps/day improvement. Self-reported physical activity, pedometer assessed physical activity, BMI, resting heart rate, waist circumference, blood pressure, triglycerides, HDL-C, and fasting glucose were measured before and after the program.
RESULTS: The active group showed significant within-group improvements in waist circumference and fasting glucose. Significant group differences were observed in resting heart rate, BMI, and systolic blood pressure; however, the changes observed in systolic blood pressure were not independent of weight loss.
CONCLUSIONS: Incremental increases in steps/day induced favorable changes in some MetS components suggesting that this approach is a viable starting point for sedentary individuals that may find it difficult to initially accumulate 10,000 steps/day.
Anthony Musto; Kevin Jacobs; Mark Nash; Gianluca DelRossi; Arlette Perry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1543-3080     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-22     Completed Date:  2010-12-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  737-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Wellness and Recreation, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Glucose
Blood Pressure
Body Mass Index
Heart Rate
Lipids / blood
Longitudinal Studies
Metabolic Syndrome X / etiology,  prevention & control*
Middle Aged
Overweight / complications,  therapy*
Risk Factors
Waist Circumference
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose; 0/Lipids

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