Compare the number of steps your pedometer shows to the number of steps you actually took (or shook). An accurate pedometer has no more than a 10% error:
If you take 40 steps, your pedometer will count no less than 36 steps and no more than 44 steps for each of the tests.
The best pedometers have no more than a 5% error. If you take 40 steps, your pedometer will record no less than 38 steps and no more than 42 steps any of these tests.
Take the time to check your pedometer’s accuracy. An inaccurate pedometer won’t do you any good when you’re trying to lose weight; it can trick you into thinking you’re more or less active than you really are.
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