Get to know what a pedometer is and how it works. Find out why it is important to use pedometer if you want to stay slim or to lose some weight.
pedometerA pedometer (or step counter) is a device, in modern times usually portable and electronic or electromechanical, that counts each step a person takes by detecting the motion of the person's hips. Due to the distance of each person's step varies, an informal calibration performed by the user is required if a standardized distance (such as in kilometers or miles) is desired.

Pedometers can be a great motivation tool for people wanting to increase their physical activity. There are various websites that allow people to track their progress. However, many will also find entering their daily step count and a heart counter onto a calendar to be motivational as well. Pedometers have been shown in clinical studies to increase physical activity, and reduce blood pressure levels and Body Mass Index.

Pedometers were originally used by sports and physical fitness enthusiasts. Now they are becoming popular as an everyday exercise measurer and motivator. It is usually worn on the belt and kept on all day. It can record how many steps the wearer has walked that day, and thus the kilometres or miles (distance = number of steps × step length). There are pedometers that also erroneously record movements other than walking, such as bending to tie one's shoes, or road bumps incurred while riding a vehicle, though the most advanced devices record fewer of these “false” steps. Step counters can give encouragement to compete with oneself in getting fit and losing weight. The amount of 10,000 steps per day, equivalent to 5 miles (8.0 km), is recommended by some to be the benchmark for an active lifestyle. Pedometers are being integrated into an increasing number of portable consumer electronic devices such as mobile phones and music players.

There is one criticism of the pedometer – that it does not record intensity, but this can be done by making step goals time limited (for example, 1000 steps in 10 minutes counts as moderate exercise).