Performance analysis of walking of 10,000 regular users of a connected activity tracker

J Med Vasc. 2018 Jul;43(4):231-237. doi: 10.1016/j.jdmv.2018.04.001. Epub 2018 Jun 15.


Background: According to the World Health Organization, individuals should walk 10,000 per day. Our aim was to determine the factors influencing this objective by using connected activity trackers.

Methods: Anonymized data of 10,000 regular users of the Withings pulse Ox over a 3-month period.

Results: Ratio men/women was 2.2, mean age 44.9±10.6 years, mean BMI 27.0±5.3kg/m2, proportion of individuals living in big towns 21.4%, proportion of physical activity<2 METs 66%. The frequency of achieving 10,000 daily steps was similar for work days, weekends and whole weeks. Mean number of daily steps, mean daily covered distances and slopes were higher during work days (P<0.0001); mean speed was higher during the weekends (P<0.0001). According to a quartile-repartition (percentages of use-days with 10,000 steps), the goal was more often achieved during work days (P<0.0001), if BMI<25kg/m2 (P<0.001), in individuals living in big towns (P<0.001) or having≥2 acquaintances to take up challenges (P<0.001).

Conclusion: Connected activity trackers represent a valuable tool for evaluating the number of daily steps and for providing feedback to promote walking.

Keywords: Activité physique; Connected device; Marche; Objet connecté; Physical activity; Walking.

MeSH terms

  • Actigraphy* / statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Formative Feedback
  • Habits
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peer Influence
  • Smartphone
  • Time Factors
  • Urban Population
  • Walking / psychology
  • Walking / statistics & numerical data*