Nursing Faculty Publications

Title

Feasibility and Acceptability of Stepping Exercise for Cardiovascular Fitness in Women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2009

Journal Title

Applied Nursing Research

Volume

22

Issue

4

First Page

274

Last Page

279

DOI

10.1016/j.apnr.2008.03.006

Abstract

Nurses conducting clinical research often test the feasibility and acceptability of interventions before using them in large-scale experimental studies. This article specifically reviews stepping exercise as an intervention with women. In a literature review, three stepping modes (steptreadmill, bench/step, and stepper) were compared, with the steptreadmill being identified as the most advantageous for use in experimental research. An exemplar was constructed to illustrate feasibility and acceptability of steptreadmill exercise (motorized stair climbing) in 11 women with hypertension. Steptreadmill exercise is feasible and acceptable and shows promise for use in experimental studies where strict control over the exercise performed is required.

Keywords

Stepping exercise, steptreadmill, cardiovascular fitness, women