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Step Counters (Pedometers)

Pedometer

What is a step counter?
A step counter is a simple device used to measure the number of steps you take in a day.

How does a step counter work?
When it's positioned correctly, the pedometer records a step each time your hip moves up and down. The step counter also measures things you do throughout your day besides walking, like bending to tie your shoes. Those movements count too!

How do I wear it?
Attach the step counter to your belt or waistband near the front of your hipbone.

Facts and Figures

. 2,000 steps is equal to about 1.6 kilometres or 1 mile.

. 10,000 steps is equal to about 8 Kilometres or 5 miles.

. A person who walks 10,000 steps/day will burn between 2,000 and 3,500 calories/week (depending on their weight).

Active 2010 has a useful section on step counters and walking:

Adapted from: Alberta Centre for Active Living, and Active 2010

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Revised: May 24, 2011

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