An Evaluation of Pedometers

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Pedometers are some of the most convenient tools for keeping track of the distance an individual walks throughout their day or during their exercise routines. Pedometers can take the form of various devices, some of which exclusively monitor the distance and/or the amount of steps an individual takes throughout their day, while other devices, such as smartphones, can be programmed to function as pedometers. Through an evaluation of various pedometer devices, the consumer can determine which device is best suited for his or her needs. According to a recent Huffington Post article, pedometers are an effective motivational tool that encourages individuals to become more active. During the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, it was demonstrated that using a pedometer "with fewer hours sitting, more time spent being active and weight loss;" furthermore, pedometer use is also linked to blood pressure and weight loss benefits ("Pedometer Use Linked With More Physical Activity, Less Sitting"). On average, it is estimated that pedometer uses lost an average weight of 2.5 pounds per week. According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, the director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, states, "[Pedometers] provide ready, real-time data so you can make decision about how you're going to spend the rest of your day and make adjustments as needed" ("Pedometer Use Linked With More Physical Activity, Less Sitting"). Two of the most highly
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