Why you need a pedometer for walking
How pedometers are great tools for improving walking fitness
Pedometers are very small devices that clip onto your belt and count the number of steps of walking exercise you take in a day. Some of them can also calculate distance, speed, pulse rate and the approximate number of calories burned.
Pedometers are useful for calculating the efficiency and length of your walking exercises and can inspire you to walk more, to develop your physical and mental health.
Here's the realbuzz.com guide to why pedometers could aid your exercise training. These are the reasons why they can be beneficial to your walking exercise:
1. They are a great way to monitor the amount of walking exercise you get in a day. The optimum is meant to be 10,000 steps or 5 miles (8km). We use up around 4,000 in the average day, and if you go the extra few miles you will get all sorts of benefits including: more energy, improved health and fitness, less stress and better sleep.
2. They provide immediate information on your exercise or activity levels, and encourage you to be more active.
3. It’s easy to record your total daily steps on a calendar and reset the pedometer to zero in preparation for the next day. Researchers have found that pedometers are more effective than self-report diaries on monitoring your exercise.
4. Pedometers take the guesswork out of measuring an exercise workout, and ‘steps per day’ has become accepted as a standard unit of measuring daily exercise.
5. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can take, and pedometers encourage more walking. The benefits of walking exercise include:
- Improving your heart and circulation
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Promoting weight loss
- Improving flexibility of joints and muscles
- Building strength in muscles and bones
- Boosting your immune system
- Helping you breathe more efficiently
- Aiding restful sleep
- Helping maintain a balanced body chemistry
- Building confidence and mental well-being