I found this article which is really helpful to explain why pedometers are a great tool to increase your level of activity.
Pedometers allow you to count the number of steps you
take over a chosen period of time. They come in a variety of styles with display
features including the number of steps taken, distance walked and estimated
calories burned. The benefits of using a pedometer to track daily physical
activity are well documented, and pedometers are certainly effective if you like
having a visual daily reminder of the activity you’ve
Determine Your Baseline Activity
Whether you think you’re pretty active, or you think
you’re fairly sedentary, a pedometer can help you gauge your general daily
activity levels. Wear the pedometer for a week and write down your steps at the
end of each day. Calculate your average at the end of the week to determine how
physically active you tend to be. An average below 5,000 steps indicates a
sedentary lifestyle; 5,000 to 7,499 steps is low active; 7,500 to 9,999 is
somewhat active; 10,000 to 12,499 is active; and anything over 12,500 steps is
highly active. This information can help you determine exactly what course of
action you need to take when developing an exercise program.
motivation to stay active, a pedometer could help you find it. According to the
American College of Sports Medicine, patients whose physicians provided
pedometers to them with basic educational information on walking and health saw
a 2,000-step average increase in daily physical activity — an amount greater
than patients who received the educational information but not the pedometer.
This indicates that the step accountability that the pedometer provides helps
improve motivation for exercise.
Studies have shown that exercise interventions that
include the use of a pedometer help lead to weight loss. As published in the
January 2008 “Annals of Family Medicine,” researchers performed a meta-analysis
on nine pedometer studies that didn’t include a corresponding dietary
intervention. On average, all of the study participants saw a decrease in body
weight by 2.8 lbs., and the longer the study, the more weight the participants
Improved Health Measurements
A study performed at the University of Prince Edward
Island, published in the December 2004 issue of the journal “Preventive
Medicine,” found that a pedometer-based exercise intervention resulted in a
number of improved health measurements including decreased BMI, decreased
resting heart rate and reduced waist circumference. The more steps participants
averaged, the greater the improvements in resting heart rate and waist
circumference. These factors can play a big part in heart-health, indicating
that pedometer-based exercise interventions can help impact health measurements
related to chronic disease.