What is a pedometer?
A pedometer is a device which counts each step a person takes by detecting the motion of a person’s hips. It is a tool to help increase your physical activity and motivate you to achieve your results. When activity levels are low, it is one of the best tools to monitor your progress.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get in exercise and increase your daily energy expenditure. A total of 10,000 steps per days are recommended in adopting a healthy, active lifestyle. This number is the common benchmark set by many health professionals.
While a pedometer is a great motivational tool, when combined with specific health and fitness goals you have the recipe for success. They are low profile, convenient, inexpensive and user friendly. Increased activity encourages the development of muscle strength and endurance and also aids with symptoms of depression by helping to elevate mood.
Different types of pedometers
Pedometers can come in various forms but all do relatively the same thing. As the distance of each persons step varies an informal calibration is required and this will be explained with the particular device you choose to use.
In a recent study, 400 women were given pedometers with the daily goal of 10,000 steps and after eight weeks women reported increased energy, less frequent illness and weight loss.
The benefits of walking include
- Helps with weight management
- It’s the easiest way of getting more active
- It’s a low impact exercise
- Improves mood
- Doesn’t require any specific equipment and is accessible to everyone
- Reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Lowers blood pressure
- Builds aerobic fitness levels
- Helps reduce the risk of abnormal cell growth
- Helps maintain lean muscle tissue
- Helps maintain strong bones
- Helps reduce stress
- Helps reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack
Have you improved your health from tracking your steps on a pedometer? Let us know in the comments below.