Mainly by electronic pedometer vibration sensors and electronic counter. People walking up and down the center of gravity should be a little bit. Displacement of the waist and down to the most obvious, step counter so the most suitable for hanging on the belt. The so-called vibration sensor is actually a balance weight in the upper and lower vibration balance is upset to make a contact to appear on / off action by the electronic counter to record and display the main function is complete, the other calorie consumption, distance to complete conversion by the circuit .
The Pedometer The pedometer is a tool that initially makes people aware of their physical activity levels. As the program progresses, the participants find that the pedometer provides instant feedback about their physical activity level that day, and then helps motivate them to change their behaviour to get more activity. They can see at a glance how well they are progressing towards meeting their goals. Participants in Stepping Out are asked to wear the pedometer every day during waking hours for the duration of the program. Wearing the Pedometer The pedometer has a clip on the back that is meant to slip over the waistband of pants or a skirt. It may also be worn over a thin belt (but be warned — thick belts stretch the clip, making it come off more easily). The pedometer doesn’t work well if attached to a loose garment (some blouses or dresses). The location of the pedometer should be somewhere between the navel and the hip, on either the left or the right side. The pedometer must remain in the correct position (long side parallel to the floor) in order to work. Sometimes, the pedometer can get into the wrong position, such as getting tipped so that the flat side is parallel to the floor (for example, if the waistband gets folded over while sitting). The pedometer will not work in this position. To ensure the best results, encourage your group members to frequently check the position of their pedometer to make sure that it will record their physical activity accurately. How the Pedometer Works Inside the pedometer there is a pendulum that moves up-and-down as a walking person’s hips move up-and-down. Each up-and-down is recorded as a step. The cumulative number of steps is shown on the digital read-out. The pedometer should be reset each day using the “reset” button. Pedometers don’t work well for all types of physical activity. First, pedometers don’t like water! Advise your group members to take off their pedometer while swimming or engaging in other aquatic activities. Pedometers also don’t record activities like cycling accurately because the hip motion is less pronounced than during walking or running. The participants may find other activities where the pedometer doesn’t accurately reflect their effort. Frequently asked questions about pedometers Question Explanations Suggestions Why doesn’t my The pedometer is not in Encourage participants to pedometer register the an upright position. frequently check the position steps I am taking? of the pedometer, particularly after getting up from a seated position. My pedometer doesn’t Steps taken by a person Pedometers may not be register every single who walks very slowly or appropriate for these step that I take has a gait impairment individuals. may not be registered by the pedometer due to insufficient movement at the hip during walking. How accurate is the Pedometers are quite Explain to participants that pedometer? accurate when tested the amount of error is small under laboratory and unimportant over the conditions The amount course of the day. Missing a of error on pedometers, few steps is not going to when worn properly, is make or break your daily small and not important step total. The important to the overall thing is that steps are measurement. increasing over time! My pedometer keeps Sometimes the A string attached to the falling off. What can I pedometer falls off when pedometer and tied or do? a person moves from a pinned to a belt loop can seated to a standing help keep pedometers from position or when getting lost. dressing. Why doesn’t my Any activity performed in Use the “bonus step” system pedometer register a bent-over position will (See Bonus Steps) to steps when I am riding minimize movement at account for these types of my bike? the hip, therefore no activities. movement will be registered by the pedometer. Can I wear my No, pedometers are not Be sure to remove your pedometer while waterproof! pedometer before getting swimming? into water. Use the “bonus step’ system for water sports. Baseline, 10 Minute Walk & Bonus Steps Baseline At this point, participants will have been wearing their pedometer for a week without resetting the pedometer. This number will be used to establish the participant’s baseline. The baseline is the average number of steps per day that each participant takes. This value will be unique to each participant! People want to know how they compare to others. Remember — there is no good and bad. The number of steps/day is highly variable. However less than ~5000 steps/day is considered quite sedentary, whereas more than 9,000 steps/day is quite active for the North American population. But the most important message is, there is no minimum to the number of steps that you have to increase before there are benefits. Every step counts! And, of course, the more the better! Calculation the Baseline Each participant should calculate the following information on page 1 of his or her participant workbook: Total Number of Baseline steps= _____ Number of days wearing pedometer= _____ Divide the total number of baseline steps by the number of days that you wore the pedometer to get the average number of steps/day. Average Steps/Day= _____ Remember if you forgot to wear the pedometer on one or more days to divide by the number of days the pedometer was worn. 10 Minute Walk The 10-minute walk is critical to the whole program. Ask the participants to reset their pedometers to zero and put them on. Take the group for a 10-minute walk. Strongly emphasize that the walk should be self-paced — that is, their normal walking pace. It is really important that they not feel pressured into walking faster than they normally do. We are looking to determine the average number of steps each participant takes in 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, have the group members record the number on their pedometer in page 1 of their calendar. Bonus Steps The pedometer is not able to record all activities that your body does. The pedometer works when your hip moves up and down, triggering the pendulum to move up and down and record a step. Although this works for many activities (walking, running, hiking, snow shoeing…), many activities do not use that specific hip motion meaning the pedometer will not record steps. We want participants to be encouraged to participate in ANY physical activity and therefore we have developed bonus steps to allow participants to record steps for activities in which the pedometer does not work. To determine the bonus steps, participants should look at their 10 minute baseline and at how long the participant was active. Example: John was swimming for 30 minutes. John’s 10-minute baseline is 700 steps. Therefore, in the calendar for that day, John will add an extra 2100 steps to his daily steps - 700 steps X 3 (3 ten minutes) =2100 steps. The bonus step number will not be an exact measure of the level of activity you have exerted but will give an estimate to add to your daily steps.
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