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How to Choose and Use a Pedometer

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We created an optional tracker for you to log your daily steps, but it has to be "turned on" if you want to use it.

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1. Go to "my Fitness" (your Fitness Tracker) under the My Tools tab.
2. Click the "Change Fitness Goals" button near the top of your Fitness Tracker page.
3. On the next page, click the "Setup" link next to the Step Tracker.
4. Set your daily goal, make sure to check the box (to add it to your tracker) and "Save Your Changes."

Now, your new step tracker will show up on your Fitness Tracker for easily tracking each day!
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Member Comments

  • There are lots of good reviews of pedometers on Amazon, that was the resource I used. I decided against a fitbit and bought a 3D Trisport pedometer. I'm using it for two weeks now and happy with it; for less than $25 it does all I need and is a good motivator. Sometimes I exercise in the house to get all my steps in if the weather's bad. - 1/29/2016 8:52:39 PM
  • At the risk of sounding like a big whiner, when you live where it's well below freezing for 6+ months of the year, this is not always an option. Even with bundling up, one can only go so far in -20C with the windchill bringing it to -30C. I hate malls, I have ADD and get overstimulated and distressed being there. The best I can do is a treadmill or elliptical trainer at the gym, with my headphones on. Once the snow is gone I get out there.
    - 1/29/2016 5:14:52 PM
  • I like the activity and pedometer that is in my smart phone. I can see it often since it is on me and doesn't get lost easy. I see if my steps are low for the day that I need to increase my steps. - 8/24/2014 6:45:44 PM
  • If yours is not computer comparable use a spreadsheet to keep track., it only take a minute or two.
    - 8/24/2014 4:13:20 AM
  • I have had my fitbit one for a little over two years now. I love it and have never had a problem with it. It's ranked in the top 3 for being the most accurate on calorie output as well. With the app you can also input exercise that the tracker won't easily pick up, like a Pilates session. I have lost 50lbs and maintained it over the time I've had my fitbit. - 7/9/2014 11:45:19 AM
    I am a total fail on pedometers. I will walk and count 40 steps and then open it up and it only has 3. I will get in my car and drive 5 miles and it will say I've taken 300 steps. I have tried wearing them in different positions and the only one that really works is on my shoe. But I don't like the look of that at work. I've had multiple free ones from work and they just don't work for me at all. I bought one for about $20 and it worked for a while and then stopped. I thought the baqttery was dead and took it to the battery store. They replaced it and it still didn't work. They were nice and took the battery back and didn't charge me. I wanted to get a fitbit but I'm scared to pay all that money and then have it not work. - 6/19/2014 1:27:58 PM
  • I, too, was hoping for comparisons. - 4/3/2014 7:09:47 AM
  • I was hoping also it would have comparisons. - 2/21/2014 3:49:52 PM
  • Great tips. Thank you - 10/18/2013 10:33:10 PM
  • Thank you for this article from a beginner. It has motivated me to become more aware of my daily activities. - 7/2/2013 6:16:32 AM
  • I love my Omron Pocket Pedometer,seems to be very accurate and resets itself at midnight. - 6/25/2013 10:25:13 PM
  • I'd like to support SparkPeople by buying some of their merchandise. I looked at the SP pedometer. I like that it has a cover so it won't accidentally reset, but suggest a picture of it with the cover open and more info about what it tracks.

    I recently bought a Sportline pedometer. It's not entirely accurate, but it still gets me motivated to move, and for me that's the point. Not knowing much about them, I didn't think about the reset button being on the front. If I lean against something for more than 3 seconds or bend over, it wipes out the day's data. Going to try attaching it to a lanyard or devise some kind of protective cover. However, I'd consider an SP ped if I knew more about it and could see what's under the hood. - 6/5/2013 11:26:07 AM
  • The pedometer has changed my life. I have lost over 60lbs thanks to moving my body more. I have an Omron and a Fitbit Zip. The Fitbit shows how sedentary or active I am on a daily basis. This spurs me to be more active. - 4/21/2013 9:48:27 AM
  • I have an Omron Pedometer that I bought in 2007. It is still working perfectly today and the only time it's not working is when the battery is low. It has memory, big letter on front and the time. I no longer have the alligator clip, but just use the clip that holds it and it clips onto anything like my pants, pocket, etc. I put it on in the morning and take it off at night and it has become a part of my lifestyle. I don't need anyone to tell me if there are better, this one suits me fine. If anything ever happens to it, I hope to buy another Omron. What I'm worried about is reaching that 10,000 + steps! - 10/22/2012 5:29:41 PM
  • OK Sparkpeople LISTEN UP! The majority of the posters say they want a comparative sample of pedometers written by a member of your staff... If your staff is too busy to test a decent sample I am sure several sparkteam members would be more than willing to assist, providing the cost for said pedometers is reimbursed. I know I would and I would write a far more informative article than this.
    - 10/21/2012 2:48:31 AM

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