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Health Tip: Using a Pedometer

Health Tip: Using a Pedometer


(HealthDay News) -- A pedometer measures the amount of steps you take while walking or running. The size of a small portable phone, it attaches to a belt or waistband.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mentions these guidelines for using a pedometer:

  • Make sure the pedometer is attached with its clip and leash, and that it doesn't get dropped or lost.
  • Make sure the pedometer doesn't get wet.
  • Initially walk a minimum of 20 steps, to ensure the pedometer is measuring your steps properly. If it doesn't appear to be counting your steps correctly, reposition the device.
  • Note that a pedometer isn't able to measure activity from cycling or swimming.
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