How to Set a Pedometer

By Melanie Rogers

A pedometer measures how many steps you take by noting the movement of your hips. 10,000 steps a day has been recommended to maintain an active lifestyle, which is the equivalent to about 5 miles. A pedometer is a great tool that can help motivate you to increase the number of steps you take during the day. Since everyone has a different step length, it's necessary to set a new pedometer to your individual gait. This takes only a few minutes, and allows you to have accurate readings while you use the pedometer.

Measure out a distance of 40 to 50 feet. For example, use the sidewalk in front of your home, or a nearby track.

Clip your pedometer onto your waistband, in a vertical position. This location provides the most accurate readings for most pedometers.

Walk forward, with a normal stride, for 10 steps. Measure the distance you have covered. You can try this 3 times and average the results to get the most accurate results.

Enter the information into your pedometer, according to the directions.

Zero out your pedometer reading, and walk 20 to 30 steps. Check the accuracy of your calibration.

Drive your car along a walking path. This can be around your neighborhood, even. Walk the same path, and check the accuracy of your pedometer for a longer calibration check.

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