If you are looking for an active health monitoring device that you will keep you motivated and track your daily health records, then a pedometer is an ideal choice. So, what is a pedometer? Let’s find out.


A pedometer health monitoring device is a small-sized electric device. The size can be the same as a page or smaller. Some pedometers also come with the size of a pocket watch or even hand watch.  Pedometer's most basic and primary function is to count or track the number of steps when you walk or run. Almost all pedometers provide an option to convert the steps number into miles or kilometers to calculate the amount of burned calories. Some high-end pedometer has options to save data for several days, and some other will provide functionality like a gadget. These later types can connect with your PC and smartphone while reporting your progress through provided software and applications.


So, a pedometer will help you understand how many calories you burn by walking or running. It is highly motivating when you wear the device, and it will you tell you how many steps you have taken. It will give you one more reason to walk further more than usual. Generally, people want to progress more when they know how much progress they are making.


From a recent study of the University of Minnesota, it has been found that people walk more when they wear a pedometer. In that study, two groups were made. Both groups were highly encouraged to walk every day. Then, one group members were given pedometers to use, and another group was left without any health tracking devices.


After the end of the study, it was found that group members with pedometer took about 2100 more steps a day compared to those who did not use a pedometer. 2100 levels are equivalent to 20 minutes of walking which indicates 30% more daily walking. This is almost twice the number of steps an ordinary people take. People with pedometer also stick to the walking routine more than others.


For best use of your pedometer, set daily goals. You can also set weekly goals if you know you can achieve that. At first, consider calculating the base number of steps you generally take. To do this, walk for few days with your pedometer. Do not aim at taking a particular action, track the number steps you usually take in each day. Now, focus on taking 700 to 1000 steps in given day. It is easier to take 1000 steps in a day. All you need to do is to walk furthermore around the park or garage, walk to your place, school or college if it is within walking distance and try to play outdoor games. After two or three weeks increase your steps with 500 additional steps unless you reach to 10,000 steps per day. If you are eager to lose some of your weight, then walk around 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day.


Walking is the best exercise for all kinds of people and choosing a reliable workout tool like a weight bench or a pedometer will keep you motivated by tracking your progress every day. Just put shoes on, wear the pedometer and start walking. It will undoubtedly change your walking habit. That's why you can still give a pedometer a good try.

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