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Pedometers are the simplest and easiest way to measure activity!
Pedometers continue to surge in popularity in schools due to their affordability and simplicity. They do a great job of measuring physical activity by employing different ways of recognizing when the user moves their lower body (upper-body-only activity will not register). Buying pedometers in bulk ensures you have enough to test an entire class at the same time.
Choosing the right pedometer
Understanding the functions of each pedometer is important when choosing the right model for you.
The primary function of a pedometer is to measure step count. Most pedometers measure step count through a pendulum, although the FITstep Pedometers feature piezoelectric technology for more precise step counting than others. Thanks to this mechanism, these pedometers give a more accurate count even if the pedometer is inverted up to 45° on the waistband.
Total Activity Time
To calculate your total activity time, the pedometer begins recording each time you begin to move and stops recording when you stop moving. SHAPE America guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children, 30 minutes for adults.
MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) refers to physical activity that elevates a person's heart rate for a sustained period of time. By tracking both the time and the intensity of activity, Gopher’s FITstep pedometers are able to calculate 10-minute bouts of MVPA. SHAPE America’s guideline of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day dedicates a portion of that time (approximately 50%) to MVPA.
To calculate distance walked, the pedometer multiplies the number of steps taken by the average stride length entered for the user. Accuracy in calculating this distance is directly related to how much variation there is in the user's walking/running speed.
Step count is used to calculate the approximate number of calories expended. Calculations are made using data from clinical testing on average-size individuals. A pedometer's caloric calculations should be used as a reference only and not as an accurate measurement like with step count, MVPA, activity time, and distance.
Pedometers yield the most accurate results when properly placed on the user’s waistband directly above the knee. Most of our pedometers feature an alligator-style clip that easily fastens securely to belts, waistbands, and even rolled-over sweatpants.
Learn more about our line of FITstep Pedometers here.