The skepticism with pedometers isn’t surprising. From the McDonald’s Stepometer™ to the Kellogg’s cereal prize to freebies given at trade shows, the average person’s experience with pedometers is based on a unit that is poorly and cheaply made rather than one built for accuracy and reliability.
The good news is that not all pedometers are created equal. Accurate and reliable pedometers have been the cornerstone of physical activity research and are showing great health and wellness results for a growing number of workplaces, as well as schools and communities.
“An accurate pedometer makes all the difference in the world,” says Lee-Anne Kennedy, President of StepsCount, a Canadian company specializing in validated pedometers and health promotion tools. “If you think about it, your daily step count is actually biofeedback and if you are making lifestyle changes based on that count, accuracy is critical.”