What the best pedometer does

  • Count steps accurately. Be aware that any additional up and down motion, such as sitting and standing or driving on a bumpy road, might cause a basic spring-lever pedometer to miscount.
  • Simple programming. Inputting gait and other personal data for accurate calorie and distance calculations should be intuitive.
  • Comfortable to wear. Most users want to measure their steps during both exercise and day-to-day activities.
  • Durability. Since pedometers are often worn on a daily basis including during workouts, the best models can take a great deal of wear and tear. Look for pedometers with warranties and/or security straps in case the waist clip fails.

Know before you go

To determine the best pedometer for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are you using the pedometer for? If you just want to count the number of steps you take in a day, a basic pedometer might be all you need. If you want to use it for both running and walking, a piezoelectric accelerometer pedometer will suit your needs better since it adjusts to your activity intensity.
  • Know the pedometer's battery needs. Accelerometer pedometers need replacement batteries sooner than spring-lever models.
  • Do you need multi-functionality? Some pedometers are very basic and intended only to count steps and distance. However, if you want deeper insight into your general fitness, consider a more advanced device that can also measure calories or other fitness information.

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