Maria Michalopoulou, Nikos Ageloussis, Labrini Drolapa and Stella Exarchopoulou, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Democritus University of Thrace


This study compared self reported physical activity (PA) (MET min/week) with
pedometer determined PA (steps/day). Participants in this study were 300 adults, (25 – 56 years
of age). PA was assessed with the IPAQ long form and the number of steps was assessed with
the Yamax model SW-200. Participants wore the pedometer for 7 consecutive days. Data
(categorical score) was analyzed using cross-tabs analysis. Two-way ANOVA (gender 2 x level
of PA 3) was performed on the number of steps/day. Significant main effect was reported only
for the factor “level of PA” with adults in the moderate and the high activity group performing
more steps/day than adults in the low PA group. Adults in Greece performed less steps/day than
the international recommendations PA suggest even though the majority of them were assigned
by IPAQ long form at the moderate and very high PA groups.

Keywords: physical activity recommendations, pedometer, self report


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Submitted 3 Februar, 2011
Accepted 21 March, 2011