Walking for fitness? Make it count with pedometer

POSTED: 9:12 AM Feb 18 2014

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Walking can help pave the way to fitness. But are you taking enough steps to get results? Using a pedometer can help you set and achieve fitness goals. A pedometer can offer motivation and accountability. See how to choose and use a pedometer -- it can be a powerful reminder that every step counts on the path toward better health.

Choosing a pedometer

A pedometer is a device that senses your movement to tally up the number of steps you take. A pedometer counts steps for any activity that involves step-like movement, including walking, running, stair climbing, cross-country skiing and even movement as you go about your daily chores.

To use a pedometer, you usually just clip it onto the waistband of your pants, tuck it inside your pocket or even slip it into a purse held close to your body -- and then get moving.

But how do you know which kind of pedometer to get? Review these features to see what pedometer may best suit your needs and interests.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/walking/ART-20047880/