How to Use a Pedometer A pedometer is a device you wear on your belt to record the number of steps you take. Pedometers do a fairly good job of counting your steps but are not as accurate when calculating your distance and number of calories you have burned even if you enter in data like your stride length and weight. Most pedometers will vary by about 10 percent in calculating your distance. Some convert steps into mileage, tell the time and estimate the calories you've burned based on your body weight. Less-sophisticated pedometers simply click off the number of steps taken. Pedometers work well for people who simply don't have time or don't take time to walk consistently as a form of exercise. By tracking the number of steps you take each day simply doing your regular daily activities, you may find that you're getting in plenty of exercise. Some experts recommend 10,000 steps a day for fitness. Others say this would be an eventual target. In normal daily activity, adults cover about 2-3 miles. About 2,000 steps equal a mile. To make walking a beneficial activity, you would need to come up with at least another 4,000 steps in a day. You can find ways to add steps here and there, such as walking farther from parking lots, taking stairs when available instead of escalators and elevators, walking the long way to get somewhere in your office building, walking your children to school, having a walk/talk meeting instead of sitting down in a conference room, or planning a short walk around the block as a break. For sedentary (inactive) people who, for example, work at computers all day or drive vehicles for a living, set your goals lower and try to add steps when you can. Be realistic. Log your steps each day and gradually add a little more. Here are some tips to consider: * If you are going to wear a pedometer all day, it should be comfortable against your skin. * It should clip firmly to your waistband or belt. No use buying a pedometer that will fall out if you bend down to pick up something. * For a pedometer to accurately count the number of steps you take, it has to remain in an upright, vertical position. * If you wear reading glasses, it should have a display big enough to read without having to always reach for your spectacles. * You should be able to read the display without removing it from your waistband. * It should have a display cover; otherwise, you might press the buttons accidentally and erase all your data for the day. * Unless you enjoy using a device with all the "bells and whistles," stick to the simplest model you can find. Otherwise, you might spend a lot of time going back to the manual to figure out what to do next. * If you have a big tummy, experts suggest clipping it on your waistband directly under your armpit or even behind. If you have a high waist, try clipping it to your shoe.