1. You have a set goal and you can see your results.
If you set a goal of walking 10,000 steps a day, you are able to keep tabs on how much progress you are making and you can tailor how you do things to keep your goal. For example, if you are only at 6000 steps at 6pm and you have to go the store, park your car a little further away and watch those steps accumulate. I personally am a big fan seeing progress. I am a person who makes lists just to cross things off so you can see why I might like a pedometer.
2. You can add walking to any workout that you are already doing.
Why? Because walking is really great for you and if you didn’t know that already then read this
3. Studies show that people stick to it.
In one study about pedometers, researchers found that pedometer use among latina women was over 90% retained after 6 months with about 70% adhering to the original pedometer protocol (Pekmezi, D., 2012).
4. They are relatively inexpensive.
Ranging anywhere from $2-$30, they are cheaper than most diet pills.
5. You can walk almost anywhere, anytime.
Even in the comfort of your own home if you need to. You can even stand up and do steps in front of the TV.
6. They are easy to operate.
Just put them on…and then walk…
Some people do claim that not all are accurate and that is true, so do your homework and find one that has good reviews.
7. Studies show that it works.
In a study centered around sedentary women and pedometer use, researchers added steps to their day in increments over a 12 week period of time and found that after 12 weeks there was a significant change in blood glucose and waist circumference for the pedometer users (Musto, 2010).
8. You can wear one anywhere.
It may slightly look like you are wearing a pager and have flash-backed to 1995, but no worries because I am sure most people can’t remember what a pager looks like anyway. For the most part you can just tuck it under your shirt. If you want to get really fancy, you can get pedometers in watch form or as an app.
9. You are adding constant activity into your day.
Studies have shown that breaking up sedentary behavior throughout your day decreases your mortality risk. For more info on this read:
10. You might be surprised at how many steps you are or aren’t taking.
Your step count may be a lot lower than you realize and may need a little revving up. A recent study showed that Americans take fewer steps a day than most other countries with around 5000 steps a day. Australians on the other hand walked an average of 9000 steps a day (Parker, P, 2010).
Musto A, Jacobs K, Nash M, DelRossi G, Perry A. “The effects of an incremental approach to 10,000 steps/day on metabolic syndrome components in sedentary overweight women”. J Phys Act Health. 2010 Nov;7(6):737-45.
Parker-Pope, P. “The Pedometer Test: Americans take Fewer Steps”. Oct, 2010. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/the-pedometer-test-americans-take-fewer-steps
Pekmezi D, Dunsiger S, Gaskins R, Barbera B, Marquez B, Neighbors C.”Feasibility and acceptability of using pedometers as an intervention tool for Latinas” .SourceDepartment of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham.