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Stride rate recommendations for moderate-intensity walking

Rowe, David and Welk, Gregory and Heil, Dan and Mahar, Matthew and Kemble, Charles and Calabro, Miguel and Camenisch, Karin (2011) Stride rate recommendations for moderate-intensity walking. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43 (2). pp. 312-318. ISSN 0195-9131

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Abstract

Current physical activity guidelines recommend physical activity of at least moderate intensity to gain health benefits. Previous studies have recommended a moderate-intensity walking cadence of 100 steps per minute for adults, but the influence of height or stride length has not been investigated. Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to determine the role of height and stride length in moderate-intensity walking cadence in adults. Methods: Seventy-five adults completed three treadmill walking trials and three overground walking trials at slow, medium, and fast walking speeds while V̇O2 was measured using indirect calorimetry. Five stride length-related variables were also measured. Results: Mixed model regression analysis demonstrated that height explained as much variability in walking intensity at a given cadence as did two different measures of leg length and two different stride length tests. Conclusions: The previous general recommendations of 100 steps per minute were supported for use where a simple public health message is needed. Depending on height, moderate-intensity walking cadence can vary by more than 20 steps per minute, from 90 to 113 steps per minute for adults 198 to 152 cm tall, respectively. Height should therefore be taken into consideration for more precise evaluation or prescription of walking cadence in adults to provide health benefits.

Item type: Article
ID code: 35536
Keywords: physical activity, pedometer, public health, step counts, validity, guidlines, Physiology, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Subjects: Science > Physiology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 14:56
Last modified: 21 May 2015 14:04
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35536

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