What is a pedometer?

A pedometer is a small device that clips on your pants or belt. It counts the steps you take by sensing your movement when you walk. Simple pedometers just count steps. Fancier ones measure distance, time, or calories burned. Get a pedometer to track the steps you take each day. A simple inexpensive one is just fine. It will cost between $10 and $20.

Pedometers are used to measure the amount of steps taken in a given time and can calculate total walking distance by averaging stride length. These devices are helpful because they help guide you on activity levels during a time frame. The American Heart Association suggests people take 10,000 steps per day.  

There are basically two types of pedometers; mechanical and electrical. The mechanical pedometers are spring levered and move based on generated movement and forces, which occur during normal gait. The electrical pedometers use accelerometers to sense movement. The mechanical versions are much cheaper, however, are often much less reliable, especially when walking at slower speeds.  

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