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Pedometry and Peer Support in Older Chinese Adults

A recent article by Thomas and Colleagues looked at the role pedometers and having a motivational buddy may have on fitness levels for Chinese adults aged 60 and over. As part of a 2 × 2 factorial design, 399 participants were assigned to have a pedometer, a buddy, a pedometer and a buddy or neither. While both a pedometer and a buddy increased physical activities levels,  having a buddy also increased physical fitness including reduced body fat.

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, June 2012 [Full abstract]

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