Thank you so much for all that information. I did wear it as the instruction said but all it said was to clip it on ur belt loop. there was a picture that said correct and incorrect way but lol i could not tell the difference in the pictures at all.
I do walk very slowly, and most times barefooted and softly, I noticed it counts my steps on stairs but often not across the room. I did not notice that before. so i think i will look into getting a smarter one. thanks for letting me know the differences
Setting a random number as you did was a good move since you didn't feel up to doing accurate measurements at the time. Your stride length measurement would alter your distance-walked measurement, but would not affect your number of steps.
Follow the instructions about positioning the pedometer. Mine has a little spot at the bottom that should face down (not up!) to measure accorately. Small details can make all the differences.
note that if you walk very lightly (as when sauntering or shuffling), your steps are not likely to be noticed on the pedometer unless it is very sensitive. So if you're in a store and slowly window-shopping, it's very possible the step-count might appear less than the actual number of steps taken.
There are slight differences in pedometers...and differences in the length of stride we take according to where and why we're walking, so a lot of variables enter into that equation of steps per mile.
Accuracy of the count varies with pedometers, so follow recommendations on your manual or information sheet to get the best results from your pedometer for placement and more. Mine's an Omron that has proven accurate even when carried in my purse, my hand, in my pocket, attached to the waistband of my slacks.
Measuring steps: it's important. I've gone through several inexpensive ones that never NEVER counted my steps even remotely accurately. But these pedometers didn't have as many programming/tailoring capabilities as the one I now have. Your pedometer wants you to measure your stride, so you have the assurance that careful measurements will help accurate counting.
If your friend is the same height as you and says 'just set it at such and such', ignore the advice. Even people of the same heighth have different stride lengths.
Do measure your steps, following the instructions with your pedometer. I did my measurements four times to be sure of accuracy. Before starting to measure I walked back and forth in the area several times to sort of get a feel for my natural stride. (Be sure to take care to note whether to measure from toe or heal etc.)
Remember: If you have a slow, light stride your steps may not be measured simply because the pedometers hasn't detected them.
I'm not sure i know how to use it, because the day i went shopping and for a walk, I must have walked a couple miles in total, it said i had a little over 2,000 steps. and I thought a mile was estimated to be around 2,000 steps.
I have not accurately calculated my stride yet, i just stuck in a number bc I knew i was too sore, to be walking like i normally would have. would that mess up the steps it counts? or it strictly based on where and how it sits on your body?
5,000 is an average, not a beginner level; frankly, it is IMPROVING that matters more than the actual numbers. I was at about 1,000-2,500 when I started in April. Wearing the pedometer is an incredible motivator!
Some days I hurt too much to walk; today's one of those days. But I wear the pedometer anyway. Because when I get the numbers up above 5,000 again it feels even better than if I'd not seen that numerical dip.
I ordered myself a pedometer, so I 'll join in after it arrives! I know you guys keep saying this is a beginner pace, but I'll be shocked if i walk even close to this much. But but but.. I gotta start somewhere.
** It arrived yesterday after i posted this, and i cliped it on asap. 781 steps was my final count last night. so it was worse then i imagined. I'll be working my way up to you all slowly but surely.
I put my Omron in my purse when wearing my pocketless dress slacks ...and discovered that it counts steps, just like the book claimed it would! This is true of several other brands too. If the literature claims they can do it, they probably can. :)
Check out the team page. We now have a team goal to strive to walk at least 5,000 steps a day.
I hope you'll put on the pedometer and join the goal. You'll be able to track it on your "other goals" page. It is actually a SparkPeople Special Goal, so you'll be typing the numbers into the top section by that title.
Click "Join Goal" to the right of the goal, then go to your "other goals" page (access from the "My Tools" tab above. Look at your list of goals. See how this is mentioned under this team's name... but your spot for typing the steps is actually at the top. That's because SP 'special goals' are all linked. I'm on a step-goal in several teams, each specifying a different step count. But I only put the numbers into this one spot...and the computer sents the numbers to the different teams. Kewl, huh?!
Hope you'll join this one. Counting steps has been wonderful for me and I recommend it highly!
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