Depends on what you want it to count towards. If your personal goal is # of steps; I would not substitute. However, if it is for counting towards your over all fitness goal, that would be okay, in my opinion.
A lot of people use substitutions when they are active in ways that don't register on the pedometer such a bicycle or elliptical. I usually don't but maybe I'm just too lazy to figure it out, haha! I really don't see any reason why you couldn't use the substitutions
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I haven't worn my pedometer for awhile and now when I've decided to wear it, the battery is dead. My pedometer is a pocket pedometer so when I was wearing it, I counted all of the steps I did. Even the ones that I got from biking. It's just not very accurate. I stopped using it when I started running cuz the steps weren't accurate for running either. For substitutions, it will totally depend on how fast you pedal, etc. Everyone is different and so the numbers will be different.
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I have never thought of this, as I have a pedometer and don't need step substitutes. The thing is, a lot has to do with your stride too. If you and I walked the same 1/2 mile, one of us would have more steps, because one of us would have a smaller stride, so it would take more steps to reach the destination.
You can buy inexpensive pedometers for around $20 and they work just as well as the more expensive ones - just without all the bells and whistles. I got mine for free. It's old and big and ugly, but it works. I keep it on me all day long to track my steps.
I came across a list of step substitutions in about.com for different activities. For example walking 10 min at 3mph equals about 1200 steps but 10 min on the stationary bike equals about 2400 steps Would you use step substitutions for other activities such as the stationary bike?
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