People who count their steps daily are not only active but also improbable to have health problems such as heart disease and fractured bones, according to a study. Researchers studied the data from the trials of 1,927 participants. Some of them tracked their steps using a pedometer while some didn’t. The participants took about 7,500 steps a day and got an hour and a half of moderate to dynamic physical exercise weekly. The result revealed that people who used a pedometer were 44% unlikely to experience bone fractures and 66% less likely to have serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

According to Tess Harris, a professor from St George’s University of London in the UK, “Increasing your walking and maintaining this can reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and fractures over the next few years”. Participants in the clinical trial received coaching and were inspired to have step diaries and pragmatic goals. Pedometers can help people do self-monitoring and can be used to set goals in increasing steps. The researchers think that assistance could be a big help in order to have a successful outcome from counting daily steps.