How many steps are enough to avoid severe physical inactivity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Zachary S. Depew, Paul J. Novotny, Roberto P. Benzo

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While prognostically valuable, physical activity monitoring is not routinely performed for patients with COPD. We aimed to determine the number of daily steps associated with severe physical inactivity (physical activity level <1.40) in this population. We found that a daily step value <4580 is associated with severe physical inactivity. Our results are of significant value for clinicians counselling patients with COPD to help avoid the morbidity of severe physical inactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1026-1027
Number of pages2
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012



  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • exercise
  • pedometry
  • physical activity
  • pulmonary rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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