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Are there any alternatives to using a pedometer?

With today's advancements in technology and accessibility combined with and some traditional methods there are several alternatives to using a pedometer.

If you are interested in calculating distance walked vs. steps taken here are a couple of suggestions from new school to old school:

  1. Mobile device/Smart Phone: Using your mobile device or smart phone their are several apps that can be utilized to monitor and even record the distance traveled during a walk or jog. You can also use some of these apps to estimate the caloric burn during your activity.
  2. Automobile: Upon completing your walk or run, jump in your car and re-trace your path from start to finish. At the point you started reset your odometer and measure the total distance traveled. Relatively accurate in providing you with your mileage for the day.
  3. You & Math: Count the number of steps you take over a specific period of time (i.e. 60 seconds). Remember that number and at the end of your activity multiply the number of steps taken in the minute interval by the total elapsed time. That number will be a rough estimate of the total number of steps taken assuming your pace was consistent.

 

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