What is the purpose of a pedometer?

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 measures your physical activity when walking.

Use it to track the number of steps you make during each fitness walking session, 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 highly 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 can evaluate your fitness level and make progress by ranking your performances in your logbook. A great ally to help you stay motivated!

How does it work?

A pedometer is a very user-friendly measurement instrument. Once you have taken a few minutes to calibrate your stride length, all you have to do is to remember to take it with you wherever you go.

Turn it on and the sensor reacts to each of your movements to count all your steps.

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 suggested objectives to aim for using your pedometer

1 - Is your lifestyle sedentary?

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. It's easy to change your daily habits: choose to walk when you need to go somewhere for better health!

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 staying healthy.

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