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The Best Shoe Pedometers

author image Jessica Bell
Jessica Bell has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002. She has served as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Bell holds an M.A. in communications and a B.A. in English.
The Best Shoe Pedometers
A pedometer on top of someone's tennis shoes. Photo Credit: Karen Roach/Hemera/Getty Images

The clicking pedometers from decades ago are a thing of the past, Today, shoe pedometers are more lightweight and accurate than ever. For runners and walkers, portable GPS units are the most accurate way to measure distance, but a pedometer can be a cheap alternative. The best pedometers on the market today are waterproof, lightweight and affordable.

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Maximum Accuracy

Traditional pedometers are electromechanical devices that count steps and estimate distance based on a predetermined average stride length. Because people take different lengths of steps, these types of pedometers aren't highly accurate. A more precise pedometer uses a sensor pod or chip that's placed on an individual's shoe that transmits data to another device, usually a music player, smart phone or watch. These pedometer systems are superior because they allow users to calibrate devices to their individual stride lengths to more accurately measure distance.

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