pedometer is a device, usually portable and electronic or electro mechanical, that counts each step a person takes by detecting the motion of the person’s hands or hips. Because the distance of each person’s step varies, an informal calibration, performed by the user, is required if presentation of the distance covered in a unit of length (such as in kilometers or miles) is desired, though there are now pedometers that use electronics and software to automatically determine how a person’s step varies. Distance traveled (by walking or any other means) can be measured directly by a GPS receiver.


Walking to Lose Weight and Gain Confidence

Walking does not only help break in those new cute sneaks, it has its benefits, too. Because carrying a pedometer creates motivation to move, benefits reaped include a decrease in blood pressure and weight. Blood pressure lessens after a 12-week, 10,000-step-per-day walking intervention for hypertensive participants. Diabetics lose more weight and have improved insulin levels with the addition of a healthy diet plan, according to “Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports.”

Motivation for Yourself and Others

Another advantage to using a pedometer is the motivation factor. Pedometers are inexpensive, making it easier to motivate family and friends to join you in your new walking quest. Joining a gym can be costly for those who are on a tight budget, but joining a walking club can be as inexpensive as your pedometer. Ask your family to join your walking club, and challenge your kids to a walking challenge. Young ones will be more motivated to get that daily activity in if they have their own personal pedometer.


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