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All About Pedometers – A Detailed Insight

Posted by on December 4, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Everyone knows how beneficial walking is. All those who practice brisk walking for 15 minutes daily stay very fit. Regular walk maintains energy in the body, elevates mood, relieves mental stress, lowers blood sugar levels and burns calories as well. Not only this, if you go for a long walk early in the morning, you can benefit a lot if you are a high blood pressure patient as the same exercise is known to reduce blood pressure. Even doctors recommend their patients to go for a regular walk to relieve themselves from stress and burn some calories as well.

However, many of us follow a tight schedule where we cannot spare much time for exercise. Moreover, if we do, we tend to get tired quite early. Or let's say instead of walking for 20 minutes we only make it to 10 minutes. What do we do then? We leave the rest for tomorrow, but all of us know that tomorrow never comes.

To help you with this problem, some devices can keep a check on your walking. And these are called pedometers. Let us know more about them.

What are pedometers? 

Pedometers are the electronic devices that count the steps you have taken while walking or count the beat of the steps taken. These are wearable devices and one can wear them on their wrists. These pedometers are generally custom pedometers. Custom pedometers aim to promote health and wellbeing. You can go for personalized pedometers as well.

Personalized pedometers are a good source of a marketing tool for companies. They can get the logo of the company imprinted on them while they distribute them to the target audience for promotions. With personalized pedometers, one can change the way the wristband should look or can arrange a few functions like distance tracker in the pedometers.

How do pedometers function? 

Pedometers are basically of two kinds:

  • Spring levered pedometer
  • Piezoelectric pedometer

The spring levered pedometer has a horizontal lever arm hanging from the spring, which plays a vital function. The suspension from the lever arm moves upwards and downwards as per the movement of one's hips while it is important to pay heed to the way spring lever pedometers are kept. These pedometers need to be kept in a vertical plane, lest they would not work properly.

Whereas, piezoelectric pedometers use the concept of a cantilever beam and the piezoelectric crystals that count the number of steps while walking. Pedometers work whenever you are doing any activity be it dancing, swimming, running or walking. In other words, they work until your feet are on the ground, which means if you are riding a bike, pedometers stop working.

Why should I use a pedometer? 

Owning a pedometer comes with various advantages. At least fitness freaks must buy this device to avail of its benefits.

If you choose to buy one, just know the following benefits of buying this device:

  • Help with fitness goals: Many of us set fitness goals with every passing year but fail to stick to the same time and again. One may eventually stop going to the gym or a yoga class for several reasons. At the same time, going for brisk walks early in the morning seems easier. Thus, people are more likely to stick to their fitness goals if they need to go for a brisk walk. This does not consume a lot of time and is easy to follow. With pedometers, it becomes easy for people to set goals and count their daily steps.
  • Helps burn calories: Pedometers are great pals when it comes to helping you in a weight loss regime. Since these punny devices count the number of steps you take while walking, you will always know how much more you need to walk to burn up a particular amount of calories. If the number is less than the targeted goal, you will be willing to walk longer and if it is more you will be satisfied for sure.
  • You are ridiculously honest to yourselves: Another advantage of possessing pedometers is that ‘YOU ARE HONEST WITH YOURSELF'. Pedometers bring in the sense of staying fit and healthy. With these electronic helpers, one tends to follow the walk routine honestly. Even if you have walked less, you would know and even if you have walked more, you would know. There are no chances of lying about fitness goals to yourself.

Pedometers can range from a few thousands till the amount you want to invest in. One can find them on online shopping sites too. If you are someone who has set fitness goals for 2020, go grab a pedometer now!

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