Boost Your Steps with a Pedometer

Pedometer attached to belt.

Walking is an easy and effective way to increase physical activity, get in shape and burn extra calories;  studies have found that people walk more with a pedometer than without.

Pedometers are small inexpensive devices that are worn at the waist and keep track of how many steps you take throughout the day.  Depending on the type and model of the pedometer, it may also measure distance traveled, calories burned and steps taken for up to 7 days.

Some pedometers come with software which lets you download the information onto your computer.  This allows you to keep track of your progress online and even charts graphs of your progress.

Studies show that women who were told to walk 10,000 steps per day walked more than those women who were just told to take a brisk 30 minute walk.

In order to get more accurate measurements make sure the pedometer requires that you enter your stride length and weight information,  some cheaper varieties use averages for stride length and weight which can result in less accurate information, especially if you don’t fall in the average category.

 

Verdict: Awesome Gadget!

Recommended Pedometers:

Omron HJ 112

Cost: $20

This one has a dual-axis accelerator, which basically means it can count your steps when it’s vertical and horizontal. You can wear it clipped to your waist or throw it in your bag.

Features: steps, aerobic steps, calories burned, fat grams burned, distance, 7 day memory.

 

Omron Go Smart TriAxis pedometer

Cost: $30

Works at any angle and smaller in size than the Omron HJ112 but costs a bit more.

Features: steps, moderate steps & minutes, calories burned, distance, total steps, sleep mode which helps extend battery life.

 

 

 

 

 

References:

1.  Comparison of walking recommendations in previously inactive women. Med Sci Sports Exercise. 2005 April ;37(4):676-83.

 



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