Frequently Asked Questions on Pedometer


What is the need for a pedometer?

The pedometer allows the wearer to measure activity level. This unique ability to provide the specific measurement (steps, miles, etc), allows the user to set specific 'goals' for workout.

How long does the battery last in a pedometer?

Pedometer batteries generally last from 1 to 2 years. Most pedometers use small watch type batteries that are engineered to last a long time.

Why do some pedometers require weight to be entered?

If a pedometer measures 'calories', it will probably require you to enter your weight. Weight is an important consideration in the 'calories burned' calculation.

Where should Pedometers be worn?

Most pedometers are designed to be worn on the waistband - aligned (approximately) with the crease line in your shorts/slacks.

The pedometer should be worn as straight as possible - not leaning forward, back or side-to-side. If the pedometers is tilted, it will affect the accuracy of the mechanism that counts yours steps.

How does a pedometer actually count your steps?

Most pedometers have a small weighted 'arm' mechanism that is suspended by a small spring that moves up and down as you walk. It is specifically designed to be sensitive to your walking motion - and moves up and down as you walk. Each time the 'arm' moves up and down, a step is counted. While that sounds very simple, the technical components within the pedometer have become very sophisticated and the accuracy of pedometers has improved dramatically over the years.