How to Use a Pedometer


How to Use a Pedometer. Pedometers work by counting the number of
steps you take, and multiplying that number by a pre-programmed step length. Learn how to keep track of your steps. You will need Pedometer Waistband Step length
Test for accuracy Tracked readings and awareness of inclines (optional). Step 1. Position the pedometer in your waistband,
directly above your knee, so that it faces straight up and down. It should not tilt to one side, and should
fit snug close to your body. Step 2. Measure your step length and enter it into
the pedometer. A simple way to measure your step length is
to make a mark behind your heel, walk 10 steps, and mark the spot where the same heel ends
up. Your step length is that distance divided
by 10. Step 3. Test the pedometer for accuracy by taking
100 steps. If the pedometer indicates that you have walked
between 85 and 115 steps, it is 85% accurate. If the measured accuracy is not sufficient,
try placing the pedometer on your side over your hip and repeating the experiment. Be aware that walking on slopes, up or down
stairs, or bent over will affect the pedometer’s accuracy. Step 4. Keep track of the readings on the pedometer
to learn whether you are meeting your activity goals and to help you develop a program to
lose weight. Did you know Thomas Jefferson has been credited
with developing a pedometer over 200 years ago.

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