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6/14/12 7:31 P

Depends on what you're tracking. Calorie burn: Pedometers are terrible. Don't trust them. HRMs are good, if they include a chest strap, and you're using them for cardio (not strength.)

Pedometers are great for tracking steps.

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LILLITO Posts: 166
6/14/12 6:59 P

mine is pretty dead-on. it's an omron and it tracks steps, aerobic steps, aerobic time [it can tell!], miles, calories. for a while i was checking it against the route map miles, but it was accurate so i don't do that anymore. given that it needn't be perfect, i am happy to call it darned good!

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6/14/12 3:12 P

Pedometers come with a wide range of capabilities. From the very simple that just count your step to ones that have a one week memory, that measures steps, aerobic movement, calories and distance.

So it depends on your goals as to which one would work best for you. Even the simplest ones give you feed back and that can give you encouragement as you see yourself moving more each day.

Good luck.

FARRAH511 Posts: 2,639
6/14/12 2:42 P

I'm with VRS8440

Pedometers are GREAT to help with the 10,000+ daily steps



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VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
6/14/12 11:37 A

Pedometers are GREAT to help with the 10,000+ daily steps

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6/14/12 11:36 A

I think it kind of depends on what you use them for, how well you set them up and other variables. I just use my HRM to keep track of my HR when doing cardio. I think it is pretty much on in that respect. Now most the folks here don't seem to trust them too much for calorie burns since there are just too many variables. But if you are just trying to get a ball park figure, they probably work fine.

I think pedometers are pretty good, but need to be set up correctly. Again, if you are just looking for a ball park figure, these things work fine. But if you are really trying to micromanage your intake and exertion, I'd be careful not to trust them too much.

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STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
6/14/12 10:51 A

How accurate are they, generally speaking?

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