Journal of aging and physical activity vol:21 issue:2 pages:167-185
This study evaluated ‘Every step counts!’ – a ten-week, structured walking intervention in a community-based senior organization – on promoting physical activity participation, fitness and well-being among older adults (age ≥ 55 years). The intervention prescribed pedometer defined walks in weekly walking schedules. These were fitness-tailored and structured in walking load (intensity/volume) according to the principles of training progression. This intervention was offered as a social activity at meeting points of a community-based senior
organization. Twenty-nine meeting points (n = 432) constituted the intervention condition. Ten meeting points (n = 148) formed the waiting-list control condition. Measurements were organized at intervention start (pre-test) and end (post-test). Intention-to-treat linear mixed
models showed small positive intervention effects on physical activity, fitness and aspects of well-being. These results confirm the effectiveness of structured walking interventions with systematic training progression and underscore the value of community-based senior organizations as intervention setting among older adults.