Pedometers may help encourage patients with rheumatoid arthritis to be more active, Reuters reports. 

After 21 weeks, all of people with pedometers were walking more on average each day: 1,441 additional steps without a step goal and 1,656 extra steps with a goal. But the patients who didn’t get pedometers actually got 747 fewer steps a day on average by the end of the study.

Patients with pedometers reported statistically meaningful declines in fatigue during the study, but people who only got education did not.

“We found that increasing activity just through walking decreased fatigue,” said lead study author Dr. Patricia Katz of the University of California, San Francisco.