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How Do I Choose the Best Shoe Pedometer?

Pedometers measure how many steps a person takes.
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In order to choose the best shoe pedometer, you need to find one that is light, will stay securely on or in your shoe, and is easy to read. Durability is also a key factor, as the shoe pedometer will be put through its paces. Also consider how many batteries it uses, if it’s waterproof, and how many advanced features it has.

Most basic shoe pedometers will attach to your shoe with a clip and will measure the steps or distance you have traveled. They are usually made out of plastic, have minimal features, and will display the readout on a small screen on the pedometer. Many of them have generic clips that can be attached anywhere on the body, while some are made to fit directly into the shoelaces. If you are going to use it solely on your shoe, the a shoelace pedometer may be the best to buy.

These types of basic shoe pedometers are usually the least expensive. They come in several basic forms, but most attach to the shoe itself so are exposed to the elements. If you purchase this kind of shoe pedometer, be sure to ask if the external shoe pedometer is water-proof. Some are more durable than others, so be sure to verify that they are made of a higher-quality material.

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More advanced shoe pedometers are chips that can be inserted into a shoe. Some shoe manufacturers make their shoes specifically for use with a shoe pedometer chip and have a small compartment in the shoe to hold it. If you don’t have a shoe that is made to hold a pedometer, cutting a space in the shoe for the chip is usually not a problem.

The advantage of using a chip shoe pedometer is that they are more secure and can usually be connected with a mobile device or computer for readout. By virtue of the fact they are in the shoe, they are not as susceptible to water damage. They typically have more advanced features, such as compatibility with Global Positioning System (GPS) compatible devices or tracking advanced information, such as calories burned during a workout. The disadvantage of using a chip-based shoe pedometer is the higher price.

Many hiking and outdoor stores carry shoe pedometers. Physically testing the pedometer is the best way to ensure it will fit with your shoe and will be readable to your liking. Many styles are available online and are often less expensive when purchased via the Internet.

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