Well, everyone should already know what a timer or a stop-watch is. However, the term “Pedometer” might sound a little unfamiliar. A pedometer is an electronic device that counts every step a person takes by first detecting the motion of a person’s hip or perhaps the bottom to be a little accurate.
Learning how pedometers work provides a great tool for achieving fitness goals. A pedometer records the number of steps taken, and it’s an essential part of the 10,000 steps program for fitness.
Get Fit: How Pedometers Work
Essentially, a pedometer records the steps you walk. Inside the pedometer is a device or arm set on a spring. That spring moves up and down as you stride by measuring the up and down motion of your hips. The device is motion sensitive and activates when you’re in motion. Designed specifically for vigorous walking, pedometers come in all shapes, sizes and sensitivities.
Pedometers are goal-oriented devices that act as both a means for measurement and incentive to improve the number of steps you take each day. The fitness industry has seen a virtual explosion in the number of devices available in the modern market. Some advanced pedometers work to convert steps into physical distances (miles or kilometers); track heart rate; calculate calories burned as well as telling time. Some versions also come as a part of an MP3 player which provides entertainment while walking.
A variety of basic to modified pedometers are available, including:
- Digital Pedometer
- Timex T5E011 Pedometer
- Tech4O Traileader 1 Watch
- Strollometer Wheel-based Stroller Speedometer/Odometer
Each of these pedometers offers a different type of functionality from the basic spring to the more complex. Don’t judge a pedometer by its price tag. Just because a pedometer advertises a lot of bells and whistles does not mean it is the ideal pedometer for you.
Wear it Correctly: How Pedometers Work
Pedometers are effective only if they are used correctly. Most pedometers must be worn so that they sit straight and vertical. It’s ideal to wear a standard pedometer clipped onto your belt. Your waist band is a second choice, but it can interfere with how the pedometer works if it is too tight against the curve of your waist or stomach.