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Pedometers – Where to to Start

Pedometers are not just for running. The simplest pedometers count steps, so they are ideal for any exercise that involves running or walking. The simplest pedometers are one of the most inexperience pieces of equipment you can buy to enhance your exercise regime.

Using a pedometer will allow you to set targets for yourself: how many steps you are going to walk in a set period of time; the speed of your pace for a set amount of time; or even how many calories you have burnt from the amount of steps you have done. This is especially useful if you are exercising to lose weight. Some pedometers calculate your calorie loss for you, while with others you may need to work it out yourself. As a quick guide, roughly 2000 steps uses up 100 calories. On average, a mile equals 2000-2200 steps. You can easily work out an exercise regime from these figures and the help of a step counter.

As pedometers let you record your progress, they are a great motivational tool if you struggle to motivate yourself to exercise. By recording your progress, you are able to set targets and see how well you have improved over time. By seeing how far you have come in a short amount of time, you are more likely to want to better yourself and walk farther every day. Pedometers are most often used for walking, which is an accessible form of exercise for most people and is easy to start.

Pedometers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functionalities. Most pedometers are small and can be attached to your belt, waist band or slipped in your pocket. This means that they are easily hidden by your clothes and will not draw attention to themselves.

Some pedometers have advanced functionalities such as calorie counting, stride length, distance walked and some even include personal alarm systems. Obviously this means there is a range of prices from the most simple of pedometers to the multi function pedometers. If you only need the basic step counting functionality, then you will probably be able to get away with one of the cheap pedometers. If you would like the tool to do all your calculations for you, then you may be better with a more advanced pedometer.

Pedometers are also known as ‘clickers’ because of the way they ‘click’ when they are moved. This is caused by the tiny apparatus inside the pedometer that moves each time you move your hip in order to take a step. This is how the pedometer counts your steps.

If you’re not sure what type of pedometer you need, then you could always start out with a simple step counter and upgrade later on if needed. They make excellent corporate gifts too, so look out for companies giving them away!