The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as brisk walking. You need to take 7000 to 8000 steps a day to meet the CDC recommendation. In fact it is generally accepted that taking 10,000 steps a day is required for optimal health.

How many steps do you take a day? If you can’t give a specific answer to this question then you should consider investing in a pedometer. They are very affordable and can easily be purchased online (and offline).

What is a pedometer?

A pedometer is a portable electronic or electromechanical device that counts every step a person takes by detecting movement of the hands and hips. Usually worn on the wrist hip or foot depending on the design, it can also be calibrated to measure the total distance covered in miles or kilometers.

Some sophisticated pedometers do much more than counting steps; they can measure the amount of calorie burned and also come with extra features like pulse monitor, diet logging and  a stopwatch.

Why do you need a pedometer?

Whether you are struggling with weight loss or  simply trying to be in the #fitfam, we all need more exercise, and walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Still,  a good number of people are still caught up in their sedentary lifestyle and still don’t get enough walk. Also, People who engage in frequent workouts tend to overestimate their workout sessions.

A pedometer can help you determine your current activity level. Once you know how many step you currently get in a day you can go ahead and make plans to improve. You can also set fitness goals and stay motivated tracking them with the aid of a pedometer. Today, Step counters are  now being integrated into an increasing number of portable consumer electronic devices such as music players, smartphones, smartwatches and mobile phones.

Modern pedometers also come with internet connectivity that connects you with other users via an app. Together you can all challenge and motivate yourself to meet set goals in a more exciting way.

How accurate is your pedometer?

Pedometers use either spring-suspended lever arm or an accelerometer mechanism to pick your movements. Pedometers that use accelerometers are more expensive and more accurate than those with spring models. Regardless of the mechanism used, it should have  an error rate of 10% or less

To test the accuracy of  your pedometer, wear it and reset it to zero. Take 30 steps at your normal walking space, if your pedometer reads between 27 and 33 steps then it is considered accurate. Else, make sure your device is worn properly or preposition it and recount your steps. If you still don’t get values within this range, you may need a new pedometer.