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How to Choose a Pedometer

Updated on March 11, 2008

Did you know that the average American only takes about 5,000 steps a day? The recommended amount of daily steps for good health is 10,000. If your goal is to lose weight, you should aim for between 12,000 and 15,000 steps a day. If you want to gauge your steps, you sure aren’t going to be able to do it by counting, right? Your best option is to purchase and use a pedometer.

A pedometer is a neat gadget that will count your steps by sensing the motion of your body. They range in price starting at $5 and up. Before you buy one, check to see if you can get a deal or a free one from your where you work—many companies sponsor walking problems. I got my first pedometer by entering a drawing available to employees who commute to work by using alternatives to single-passenger cars.

There are a lot of different kinds of pedometers, and many come with extra features.

The common features most pedometers offer:

Distance and Speed Estimators (based on the average stride lengthy you program in or by using a GPS system)

Steps per Minute

Stopwatches/Timers

Calories Burnt Estimator

Some extra features that some pedometers may offer include:

Heart Rate Monitor

Computer Compatibility (this lets you upload data to your computer so you can graph your progress)

Flip Case/Cover (this helps prevent accidentally pressing buttons—I once had a pedometer that I kept accidentally erasing the data from half way through the day. It was frustrating.)

The most important thing to consider when choosing a pedometer is finding one that is comfortable. You will be wearing it all day, so you won’t want anything bulky. The pedometer should also come with some sort of safety strap to avoid dropping it. You will wear the pedometer at your waist, lined up with your knee.

Track Your Steps, Take More Steps

I find that I am a lot more active during the workday when I wear a pedometer because I can track my progress throughout the day. This is particularly helpful on days when I don’t have time to hit they gym. The pedometer is very motivating, getting you to take extra steps throughout the day (even if it is the long way to the bathroom).

Tips for Adding More Steps to Your Day

No Doris Day Parking – You will add a lot more steps to your day by parking farther away from entrances.

Avoid the Elevator – Taking the stairs will add more steps to your day, and it will also work your muscles.

Play With Your Kids – You would be amazed at how many steps you accumulate while playing tag with your children.

Pace Around – Instead of sitting down while waiting for the bus, walk around. You can walk back and forth to get more steps in.

Get Outside – Enjoy the weather by going for a good brisk walk outside.

Have fun, walk, and get fit.

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      paul2cool 

      9 years ago

      good guide

    • MsCookM profile image

      MsCookM 

      9 years ago

      I have just started walking again and want to make sure I do my 10,000 steps. So, I am looking to buy a Pedometer and your hub has certainly given me some ideas.

      Thanks

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I have increased my daily average since buying a pedometer, since I now realise how little I was walking in the first place.

    • mrs know it all profile image

      mrs know it all 

      10 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs

      Stacie, thanks for the hub, I've been thinking of getting one. I've heard some problems with some falling off and breaking, (a friend of mine's lost 3 like that) - can you or someone else recommend one that won't fall off easily?

    • Isabella Snow profile image

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      I want one of these!

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