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Walking is one of the easiest ways to get exercise throughout the day. We’ve all been told that 10,000 steps a day is the ultimate goal. This number is the default for most pedometers and their corresponding apps but has there actually been any research into this number…where has it come from? The answer is that there actually isn’t any research into why it’s 10,00 steps and not 8,000 or 12,000 it just seems to be the number the world has agreed on to be the right amount of steps people should be walking. This is probably because you only have to walk for 1 ½ hour every day to reach this goal. This may seem like a lot but if you add up all the bathroom trips, lunch walks, tube dashes, etc you might be surprised at how many steps you actually do in a day. The best way to track these steps is with a pedometer, we’ve rounded up our top 4 pedometers you need to try for 2020. They can help you stay on track and make sure that you aren’t glued to your desk all day.
FitBit was created to help people monitor their steps, sleep patterns, heart rate, and steps climbed. It is one of the most popular types of pedometers on the market and is used by millions of people. What is appealing about the FitBit is that they have many different styles and colours to choose from so whether you want a screen or no screen, big screen or slim screen, metal band or rubber they will most likely have it.
Health app on iPhone
This one is a bit of a cheat since it is a built-in feature on the iPhone under the “Health” app. This is a great way to track your steps if you already have an iPhone. Many phones now have this feature since it may attract people to use the built-in health apps.
Since this is a feature on a phone it will not be very accurate since it relies on you having to take your phone with you whenever you walk so it may miss those trips to the loo or the kitchen and not give you an accurate step count at the end of the day. However, a bonus is that you don’t have to buy anything if you already own an iPhone.
People wouldn’t tend to buy an Apple Watch just for the pedometer feature, however, it has many other features which makes it a popular gadget among the fitness community. The apple watch can sync up to your iPhone to give you accurate health data and because you will be wearing all day you will get an accurate step count so you can track your targets properly.
The Xiaomi fitness band is a cheaper alternative to the FitBit and Apple Watch. It can connect to IOS and Android to show you messages, steps, heart rate and much more. It may not look as sleek as an Apple Watch or FitBit but it works just as well and is a fraction of the cost.
There are many options out there for pedometers it is just a case of finding out which method and which gadget suits you best and will enable you to track your steps accurately.