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Nov 19

Pedometers provide added incentive over fancy fitness trackers – The Union Leader

You may Walk Like an Egyptian (The Bangles), Walk Right In (New Christy Minstrels) or be Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves). But however you do it, you want to know how many steps youre taking and have incentive to take more!

Its true, fitness trackers not only count your steps, they can tell you your sleep time and quality, sun exposure, calories burned and where you are in space and time (in case youve left the planet). Seems great except according to a new study, folks who use them log significantly fewer steps daily than folks using a simple step-counting pedometer.

Maybe its because you have to stop walking to read their screens, but whatever it is, new-fangled fitness trackers arent boosting your dose of daily exercise. According to the study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, newer devices ... are less advantageous than simpler pedometers.

When the researchers looked at data on step-counting folks, they found that after four-plus months of daily use, people with body-worn trackers and smartphone apps took 834 fewer steps a day than those using a straightforward pedometer. And how about non-counters? A 2007 a study in JAMA found folks with a pedometer walked 2,491 more steps daily than folks who never counted steps.

So, if youre serious about getting in 10,000, life-changing steps a day, download a well-rated, free pedometer onto your phone or buy a simple step counter. Youll find (with apologies to Nancy Sinatra) that Your Feet Are Made for Walking.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into The Dr. Oz Show or visit

Pedometers provide added incentive over fancy fitness trackers - The Union Leader

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