Many Pedometers Inaccurate at Slower Paces

by Joy Keller on Feb 01, 2005

Every step counts on the journey to better health. If your clients rely on pedometers to gauge activity, you may want to double-check their accuracy—especially if the clients are slow walkers.

A study in the August 2004 issue of Preventive Medicine (2004; 39 [2], 361–68), examined the effects of age, obesity and self-selected walking speed on pedometer accuracy. Subjects walked on a treadmill wearing various pedometers. When the pace was slower than 2 miles per hour, researchers found that the pedometers had an accuracy rate of only 71%. When the pace quickened to 3 miles per hour, the overall accuracy of the pedometers jumped to 96%. The researchers recommend a more sensitive pedometer for those who “ambulate at slower walking speeds.”

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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.