How to choose the right pedometer

Pedometers are a great tool for those who are trying to squeeze exercise into their busy days. These small devices are used to track the number of steps you take per day which is important considering that the American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day for the average adult. But how do you choose the pedometer that fits your needs?

Below you’ll find some things to consider when shopping for a pedometer.

Basic or Full Feature – The most basic pedometers do one thing and one thing only, track your daily number of steps taken. Most of these basic models offer some kind of memory built in to save a certain amount of days worth of walking history. They also generally include time and date stamps for keeping track of your past few days worth of daily steps taken.

As you move up in price range you’ll also move up in features. More advanced models come with heart rate monitors, distance tracking, timers, and displays that light up. Some models may also include calorie counting and speed tracking. Depending on your needs, you may prefer one with one or all of the above features or you might just want a simple pedometer that tracks your daily steps.

Some of the priciest pedometers also include the ability to connect to computer software at the end of your day, allowing you to see daily steps taken over the long term to track your progress.

Comfort – A pedometer that isn’t comfortable to wear is a useless pedometer. Pedometers come in various shapes and sizes. Some can be placed on or inside your shoes while others clip onto your clothing. Others still come built into watches and other electronic devices. The most common and least expensive pedometers are those that clip onto your belt or waist of your pants; this is an ideal location for a pedometer as well. Some pedometers can also fit in your pocket or hang from a small strap.

You’ll want to make sure the pedometer you purchase is lightweight enough so that you barely notice it is on. You’ll also want to select a pedometer that will work with your outfits and daily life. A pedometer that won’t easily clip on or gets in the way of your daily activities is not going to be comfortable for you to use every day.

Discrete – If you want to wear and use a pedometer without people knowing that are using one, consider a discrete pedometer that is small enough to be hidden under clothing. You can purchase ones designed to go into shoes or built into watches, but these tend to cost more then the clip on pedometers.

The majority of pedometers are accurate enough to suit the needs for most individuals, if possible considering trying out your pedometer before purchase by taking a few hundred steps with it. Many pedometers are under $35 dollars with a good number of decent ones in the 10-20 dollar range.