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Every step counts: how pedometers can improve IPF-patients’ quality of life

Did you know that the ancient doctor Hippocrates said that 'walking is the best medicine'? Modern research confirms this wisdom: light exercise can be very good for your health. Members of the Dutch patient association for lung fibrosis have taken Hippocrates’s advice to heart and decided to give patients with lung fibrosis a little nod in the right direction. During the international week for lung fibrosis, they handed out free pedometers.

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The patient association hopes to stimulate people with lung fibrosis to be more aware of how much they walk

A pedometer is a little device that counts the amount of steps you take during a day. By handing out the pedometers, the patient association hopes to stimulate people with lung fibrosis to be more aware of how much they walk. They state that you can improve your fitness by taking 2000 steps or more per day. For example: you can reach this goal by taking the pedometer with you every day and at the end of each day write down how many steps you have taken. At the end of the week you can determine if you have roughly walked an average of 2000 steps a day.

Apart from improving your fitness, going out for a walk might also improve your social life

The association also stresses that you sometimes have to be patient to reach a goal and you shouldn't feel bad if you don't succeed immediately. 'Apart from improving your fitness, going out for a walk might also improve your social life', says Lida Naber of the association. 'You can invite somebody from the neighborhood to walk with you, and who knows what kind of interesting conversations might occur that way?' All in all there are a lot of reasons to go out for a walk each day!


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