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Get Your Pedometer

What is a pedometer?

Omron Hj-112 PedometerPedometers are step counters. They are popular tools to help you keep track of the amount you walk. They provide immediate feedback and a way to help you stick with a walking program.

Where can I get a pedometer?

Pedometers are widely available online, in sporting goods or mass merchandise stores. Look for a pedometer in the range of $15 to $30 to start. If they are very inexpensive, they probably are not made to last or work accurately.

Here is a list of highly-rated pedometers in the $15 - $30 price range on Amazon.com.

What should I look for in a pedometer?

Pedometers can come with all kinds of bells and whistles. Some talk, play music, have clocks, estimate the number of calories burned, have a 7-day memory, pulse rate readers, and the newest models even continuously track your speed and distance using GPS (global positioning systems)! If this is your first pedometer, stick to a model that simply counts your steps; they are the easiest to use.

  • Research has shown that pedometers with a coiled spring as the ISM (Internal Sensor Mechanism) work best.
  • A pedometer should be easy to read and easy to use. It should have a clip that fits securely to your clothing or for even more security use an extra safety leash so that it doesn’t fall to the ground if bumped.

What’s the best place to wear a pedometer?

Some tips from www.Healthpartners.com and www.pecentral.com:

  • Wear the pedometer snugly against your body, attached to a belt or waistline on your clothing.
  • Line the pedometer line up with the crease on your pants or the center of your kneecap.
  • Keep the pedometer parallel to the ground. If it is tilted to one side or the other, it will not give you an accurate recording of your steps. The pedometer must be closed in order for it to work.
  • If your clothing doesn't have a waistband, you can attach your pedometer to a piece of elastic tied around your waist or your undergarments. Also, you can secure it tightly with a safety pin or the safety leash that comes with it. If you have a large stomach, try placing the step counter on the side of your hip.

- Compiled by Karen Ehrens, LRD

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