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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