Objectively-measured step cadence and walking patterns in a rural African setting: a cross-sectional analysis.

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Author: Ian Cook
Date: May 4, 2022
From: BMC Research Notes(Vol. 15, Issue 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 3,017 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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Objectives To investigate free-living, accelerometry-derived step cadence and walking strategy parameters in 263 adult women (19-56 years) within a rural African setting. Participants were categorised into weight groups: Under-to-Normal Weight (UW/NW: Results Average step volume was 13,568 steps/day, and 85% of participants were classified as active-to-highly-active. Overall, [appox. equal to] 45% of daily steps was accumulated in the low-to-moderate intensity range. Peak cadence indices were higher in the UW/NW group (p [less than or equai to] 0.0112). For both groups, 75% of steps were accumulated in bouts 15 min, and 95% of bouts were accumulated at 1-39 steps/min. The UW/NW group employed a more varied step cadence, and higher cadences contributed more to step accumulation than the OW/OB group (p [less than or equai to] 0.05). There were no significant group differences in bout length strategy parameters (p [greater than or equai to] 0.0861). Despite no difference between the weight groups in step volume, there were differences in some step cadence indices which reflect higher step intensities, and in cadence strategies chosen to accumulate steps. Keywords: Ambulation, Pedometry, Movement monitor, Measurement

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A702561415