Harvard Heart Letter

Competition may motivate people to walk more

Research we’re watching Counting steps with a fitness tracker doesn’t always inspire people to be more active. But a little friendly competition may help, a new study suggests. The study, published online Sept. 9 by JAMA Internal Medicine, included about 600 overweight or obese adults, all of whom received wearable step trackers and set goals to increase their daily steps. Researchers randomly divided them into four groups. The control group had only their…

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