Pedometer Information

Pedometer

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Your pedometer automatically tracks every step you take, so you can actually see how your steps accumulate throughout the day. Using it is as easy as 1-2-3!

A consistent walking program can help you:

  • Lose weight and maintain ideal weight
  • Lower the risk of chronic illness
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Enhance mental functions
  • Increase bone density (preventing osteoporosis)
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels (important for diabetics)
  • Improve emotional health
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve joint function
  • Boost immunity

Pedometer instructions

  • Your pedometer may or may not need to be calibrated to your individual stride. Follow the instructions enclosed with your pedometer before you begin to use it.
  • The pedometer is a device used to estimate steps based upon the counting of foot strikes and hip swings. It serves as a reminder to be active and gives you feedback on your activity level. Two thousand steps equals approximately one mile.
  • Get in the habit of clipping the pedometer to your belt, waistband, or hip pocket each morning after you dress. Make sure it is aligned over your knee or on one side near your hip.
  • Remember to reset the counter to zero each day.
  • Use your walking guide to write down your steps each night.
  • If you have chronic health conditions or joint problems, check with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Note: No pedometer is 100 percent accurate. A pedometer is a tool to estimate steps taken. Although it tends to underestimate the distance traveled when you walk fast or jog, it overestimates the distance when you take small steps around your house or workplace. So it all balances out and produces a highly accurate estimate of your total activity.

Counting steps for other activities

Your pedometer works whenever you are taking steps. For those times when you choose an activity other than walking, check the “steps conversion chart” to determine the activity’s equivalent number of steps. Simply multiply the number of minutes you did the activity by the number of steps indicated on the chart. For example, 30 minutes of mopping equals 3030 steps (30 minutes x 101).

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