Count Your Steps! Buying A Pedometer

There are so many different pedometers available, that you may have trouble deciding which one to buy. Although there are also many extra bells and whistles to choose from, make sure the pedometer you buy has at least these basic features:

Basic Features

  • A sturdy clip that fastens securely and comfortably to your clothing at the waistline.
  • A leash as a secondary way of securing the pedometer. Most mishaps with pedometers occur when people drop them in toilets, under the lawnmower etc., so this is very important.
  • An easy-to-read display.
  • Make sure the re-set button is located somewhere that you aren’t likely to press it by mistake. It’s so disappointing when you log lots of steps and then they disappear.

Is Accuracy Important?

It’s nice to have an accurate pedometer. If you’re really concerned about accuracy, you may want to read online pedometer reviews to see which ones get the highest ratings. You may also want to adjust where you attach the pedometer; they generally work best at the hip level. But remember, even if your pedometer tends to over or undercount, you will still be able to assess your relative progress.

Love Those Bells and Whistles?

Why not! These can be very useful and motivating:

  • A calorie counter to let you know how many calories you have burned during your walk.
  • A clock.
  • A stopwatch.
  • Speedometer/Odometer – These will track your speed and distance.
  • Memory – This lets you track seven days or more of walking.
  • Computer linking – This enables you to upload data to your computer and graph your progress.

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