With so many pedometers on the market that perform with greatest accuracy from different locations, it's important to know where and how to fit yours correctly. Waist? Pocket? Neck? Bag? Here's how to jockey for the best position.
Pedometers for your waist
It doesn't matter if you wear your trainers with long socks – you are officially a hipster if you own one of the below pedometers. Here's how to fit them so no step count goes wasted:
Pendulum-style pedometer – eg. Yamax Digwalker SW700
Positioning the pendulum-style pedometer on your waistband is crucial, as it's activated by your hip movement. It should always be placed horizontally, directly in line with your knee. If it's in a clam shell case, the shell needs to be shut for it to count steps. (We all need a little peace and quiet when number crunching.)
Accelerometer pedometer – eg. G-Sensor 2026 (2D) – 10,000 Steps Australia’s pedometer-of-choice for workplace challenges
These pedometers are a little more flexible in their positioning than their pendulum-style counterparts as they operate by sensing forward movement. The 2D Accelerometer can be worn anywhere on your waistband and can be tilted up to 30 degrees, making it ideal for people with larger tummies that tend to migrate South and roll the waistband with them! The 1D Accelerometer can be placed anywhere on your waistband, however, it must be kept horizontal at all times. The 3D Accelerometer is generally a pocket pedometer, however, some models come with a detachable waist clip. They can be worn anywhere on the waistband.
Pedometers for your pocket
Some accelerometer-based pedometers can count steps accurately from your pocket. In fact, some models such as the Omron Walking Style X HJ304, Omron Hj113 and Oregon Anywear pedometers are specially designed to go in your pocket. However, make sure you carry these pedometers safely in front or side pockets rather than back pockets as they don't take kindly to being sat on.
Pedometers to stick your neck out for
Only Accelerometer Pedometers can count steps accurately when worn around the neck. To wear them here you'll need a chest-high lanyard. Make sure it's not too long as it will swing and count additional steps. Runners beware: wearing your pedometer around the neck can lead to head injuries!
Getting it in the bag
For those low on pocket-space, don't overlook the Pocket Pedometer just yet, as they're the only pedometers able to accurately count steps from your bag. This can be a welcome feature for those whose pockets are already laden with mobile phones, wallets and keys. Of course, the disadvantage is that you must carry your bag with you everywhere, or remember to transfer the pedometer from bag to pocket to bag whilst on the go.
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