A pedometer helps track progress and takes your running to the next level. Pedometers monitor your steps through a specific mechanism, hairspring or accelerometer and can track other data in higher-end products. Before purchasing a pedometer, decide what features will best fit your running style and needs.
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Basic pedometers can be purchased at a price point perfect for a beginner or someone only looking to simply count steps. Most lower end models count steps by using a hairspring mechanism requiring to be clipped in the vertical position to be accurate.
Higher-end pedometers can count steps and boast many extra features. Features consist of calculating calories burned, automatic daily reset and correspondence with electronic devices for tracking workouts. Higher-end pedometers count steps by using an accelerometer mechanism. This mechanisms allows pedometers to be flipped vertically or worn in a pocket.
Pedometer watches use an accelerometer mechanism to count steps accurately and being worn on the wrist. These watches are newer to the market, feature many extras and are comfortable to wear. Extra features consist of tracking sleep patterns, tracking your heart rate and compatibility with electronic devices.
Smart Phone Pedometers
Most smart phones market places contain pedometer apps that you can download for free or a small charge. When using a phone app as a pedometer pick one that uses GPS to determine distance and speed to ensure accuracy.