What is the purpose of a pedometer?

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When fitness walking as well as fast walking, staying motivated is the key to success. You will attain your objectives if you manage to walk regularly. In order to stay motivated, many walkers measure their performance using a pedometer. Would you also like to assess your progress? Focus on the basic features of the essential fitness walking measurement: the pedometer.

Why should you use a pedometer?

A pedometer is an accessory that will allow you to measure your physical activity when walking.

You will be able to use it to find out the number of steps you make during each fitness walking session, as well as the distance covered, time spent and even the number of calories burnt with the more advanced pedometers.

The number of paces is a very good indicator if your objective is to stay in shape. The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends walking 10,000 paces a day in order to stay healthy, which is not insignificant! Walking is the most recommended physical activity for developing endurance and staying in shape.

Using your pedometer throughout the day, you will become aware of your physical activity. What's more, you will be able to evaluate your physical level and make progress by ranking your performances in your logbook. A great added extra for staying motivated!

How does it work?

A pedometer is a very user-friendly measurement instrument. After a quick calibration process to measure you stride length, you just need to remember to take it with you whenever you go out.

Once lit, it adds your paces using a sensor that reacts to each impulse caused by your movements.

If you want to lose weight by practising active or fast walking, you will need to use a pedometer that can calculate the number of calories. To do this, your pedometer will need additional information: your height and your weight. It will then link up this information with your activity.

A few ideas of objectives to be attained using your pedometer

1 – Do you lack exercise?

Do not set yourself too ambitious an objective. Start by walking at least 30 minutes a day and then, once you feel able, walk for 30 minutes in a single session. This is very achievable, by modifying your everyday habits: Whenever possible, travel on foot to keep healthy!

2 – You are active but you do not do enough sport?

Begin by assessing your current status using the pedometer. Then, try gradually increasing the number of paces completed during each of your sessions in order to attain 10,000 paces, which is the ideal number of paces recommended by the WHO for keeping healthy.

Check out all the pedometers of the Géonaute brand, which are exclusively available at Decathlon.

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