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Table 2 Aims for increasing the number of daily steps

From: Randomized controlled trial of postoperative exercise rehabilitation program after lumbar spine fusion: study protocol

Aim Model of progression
10 000 steps/day, if: age under 65 years, healthy and no restrictions to increase physical activity 1. If baseline level <5 000 (sedentary), number of steps is increased 15% every other months until the target level is reached
2. If baseline level 5 000–7 499 (”low active”), number of steps is increased 10% every other months until the target level is reached
3. If baseline level 7 500–9 999 (”somewhat active”), number of steps is increased 5% every other months until the target level is reached
4. If baseline level >10 000 (active), this level is maintained or number of steps is increased 5% every other months until 12 500/day (”highly active”) is reached (Categorized according to Tudor-Locke et al. 2008 [34])
7 500 steps/day, if: age >65 years and/or chronic diseases and/or some restriction to increase physical activity [35, 36] 1. If baseline level <4 250, number of steps is increased 15% every other months until the target level is reached. In later phase this level is maintained or a new goal is set.
  2. If baseline level >4 250, number of steps is increased 10% every other months until the target level is reached. In later phase this level is maintained or a new goal is set.