High Accuracy Pedometers

Written by Robert Mac
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High accuracy pedometers, or step counters, can make your walking program more efficient and help motivate you to improve your fitness regimen. Many health-conscious people are listening to the experts and trying to walk 10,000 steps daily. By using walking pedometers to find their daily step averages, they create simple walking schedules to increase their count to the recommended 10,000.

Just like any other household gadget, pedometers fall along a spectrum from simple to more complex. The more spartan models only count steps and sometimes miles--no bells or whistles at all. On the other end, high accuracy pedometers figure distances, speeds, and burned calories in addition to being more precise and better built than the pedestrian pedometers.

Use High Accuracy Pedometers When Each Step Counts

Some pedometers are designed better than others; certain models have a filter that ignores movements that others would count as a step, for instance. Others can tell when you've switched from walking to running by the frequency of your steps, and make adjustments for your stride, speed, and caloric expenditure. If you require only the most precise step counts, high accuracy pedometers--which tend to have the most functionality, also--are your best bet.

The newer, more precise pedometers tend to have a number of bonus features that make then even more desirable. For example, the Omron digital step counter uses an advanced technology so you don't have to wear it on your belt; you can put in a pocket or purse and not announce to everyone that you're counting your steps. When shopping for step counters, either low tech or high tech, keep in mind the reason you are getting it: to monitor and improve your fitness.

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